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Street trading consent

The purpose of the street trading consent scheme is to allow the selling or exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) in a street, in accordance with the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.


All streets (roads, footway, forecourts, or other areas to which the public have access) within the Sheffield city boundary are designated consent streets.

The effect of the resolution is that it is an offence to engage in street trading in any street or other place identified in the above resolution without being authorised to do so by consent from us.

If you wish to street trade in Sheffield, you must apply to us for a street trading consent.

Any street trading consent granted will generally remain in force for one year or for such shorter period as we think fit.

If you wish to trade on private land, you should first have the permission of the landowner and will then need to apply for a street trading consent. You will probably need to get planning permission before a site can be established.

It is an offence for any person to engage in street trading without being authorised to do so.

The maximum penalty on summary conviction is £1000 for each offence (each individual sale would constitute a separate offence).

Read our Street Trading Policy document prior to making an application.


Important advice about purchasing a trading unit

Applicants are advised not to purchase any trading unit prior to an application being approved.

You will be required to submit an example of the proposed type and design of trading unit when submitting your application. These may be from a brochure or a website.

Types of street trading consents

There are various types of street trading consents in Sheffield which are listed below

If you would like to apply for more than one type of consent or more than one site, a separate application is required for each.

Each of these consents is subject to a number of street trading conditions and specific conditions for the type of consent.

Failure to comply with these conditions may lead to a trader having their consent revoked or prosecution proceedings.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for a street trading consent an applicant must be at least 17 years old.


Each type of consent has a different fee and these are subject to change. A list of current fees are downloadable below.

Static (pitch) street trading has further details of fees applicable.



There is no appeal procedure against the refusal or revocation of a consent. An applicant may, however apply for judicial review of our decision.

Complaints and comments

Please contact us.

Related legislation

Planning permission

Individual applicants will need to check whether they require planning permission.

The granting of a consent may be classed as a change of use for the land.

The successful applicant(s) will require written authorisation from the Planning Service before a street trading consent is granted.

Please contact the Planning Service for advice.

Trade waste disposal

Traders have a legal responsibility under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and other related legislation to safely contain and legally dispose of any waste produced from their business.

If you don’t abide by the above legislation, you may be prosecuted.

Please contact Environmental Protection or visit GOV.UK for advice.

It is the responsibility of the consent holder to keep the site and immediate area free of litter or waste and provide a facility for the hygienic storage of refuse.

Food hygiene

If the consent holder(s) business includes the sale of food they must ensure they comply with all requirements of the Food Safety Act 1990, and in particular the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995.

All food traders must give details of the appropriate registration authority to the Health Protection Service.

Consumer Protection

Applicants are advised to ensure they comply with any consumer protection legislation.

For advice please contact Sheffield Trading Standards.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Modified: Jan 16, 2017 11:27:57 AM