Street traders

Street Trading is defined as the selling or offering for sale of any article in the street. This includes food for example burgers, kebabs, doughnuts, chips and other things such as vehicles, household items, flowers or Christmas trees.

All streets in Basingstoke and Deane are designated as Consent Streets. This means that any person who wishes to sell items in a street must first obtain a Street Trading Consent from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

A street is defined in law as any road, footway, beach or other area (private or public) provided the public have access without payment and the area has been designated as a consent street.

Food traders must also be registered with their local Environmental Health Department.

Where vehicles are displayed for sale on the highway the seller will be contacted and asked to remove the vehicle. A notice will be applied to the vehicle warning the seller that street trading consent is required. Untaxed vehicles will be removed. The council carries out regular monitoring of unauthorised vehicle sales on the streets in the borough.

If you wish to trade on an area of private land that does not fall within the above definition, please speak to the Licensing Team first as a Street Trading Consent may still be required.

Street Traders selling hot food after 11pm at night will also need a licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to authorise the sale of late night refreshment.

Ice Cream Vans

Street Trading Consents issued to Ice cream vans generally permit them to trade in all streets in this Borough. However they are subject to additional controls in relation to noise from chimes at night and are required to comply with the Defra Code of Practice on noise from Ice Cream Van chimes etc which (in summary) States:

‘…… under Section 62 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 it is an offence to sound chimes before 12 noon or after 7.00 pm, and to operate or permit the operation of any loudspeaker of the "ice-cream van chimes" type in the street unless there is no reasonable cause for annoyance to persons in the vicinity.


You do not need a Street Trading Consent if you are:

  • Trading as a pedlar under licence issued by a Police Authority
  • A market trader operating at a licensed market venue
  • A news vendor selling only newspapers and periodicals

For information on how to apply for a street trading consent and to see details of current trading locations and where not to trade please visit our how to apply webpage.

Consultation on the Revised Street Trading Policy

The council has reviewed its existing policy on the administration of its street trading consent function. The draft policy has been approved for consultation and is available to read below. The new policy includes the following information:

  • Increased aims and objectives.
  • Guidance on the legislation.
  • Guidance on choosing a suitable trading pitch.
  • Guidance on trading and towing vehicle requirements.
  • Employment of workers.
  • Advertising Waste disposal.
  • Trading hours.
  • Guidance and criteria on making an application.
  • Application consultations.
  • Application types.
  • Enforcement.

Draft Street Trading Policy

The revised policy is open for public consultation until 10 October 2017. You can post your comments using our online form.

Comment on the draft policy

If you are unable to respond online please contact the licensing team by emailing,uk or calling 01256 844844.

At the end of the consultation period all responses will be considered and a final draft of the revised policy will be submitted for approval to come into effect in the Autumn of 2017.

Contact details

Licensing team


Telephone: 01256 844844


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