If you wish to display goods or services on the highway or trade from a mobile vehicle you will need a street trading licence. Please note that there are currently no vacant sites in Croydon for operating a mobile vehicle.
- If you wish to trade on a private forecourt / car park but your display / vehicle is within seven metres from the highway you may be required to have a Street Trading Licence.
- If you wish to trade in Surrey Street market please visit our Markets page.
- If you intend to trade or busk in North End you should apply for a "Temporary Licence (North End)".
Street trading policy
Click on the download at the bottom of the page to view the council's policy for street trading. This policy applies to all applications for street designation orders, temporary licences and street trading licences.
If the site you are applying for has not been previously licensed for street trading you will need to apply for a street designation order and a temporary licence.
If the site has been licensed in the past you will only need to apply for a street trading licence, which is valid for one year.
London Local Authorities Act 1990 applies. You can download the legislation at the bottom of the page.
Application evaluation process
When an application for a street designation order is received, we will advertise the application in a local newspaper and the public are given 28 days to submit an objection. During this time a temporary licence may be granted for a period of six months to enable you to trade.
At the end of the consultation period all applications will be referred to the licensing committee for a decision.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. Your licence will only be issued to you when all the necessary inspections / checks have been carried out and the premises meets the required standards.
The licence may also list additional site specific conditions.
From 1 May 2016 the yearly licence fees will be calculated using the square meterage of the display area.
For licence applications on North End the fee is £4 per sq metre per week and for all other parts of the borough £2 per sq metre per week.
How to apply
Street designation order and temporary licence (non North End, Surrey Street)
To apply to display goods on a shop forecourt, please download the 'street designation order' and 'temporary licence (non North End)' forms below. Once completed, return them together with two passport-sized photographs of the applicant and a cheque for £469 payable to Croydon Council, to the licensing team below. You will then be contacted by the licensing officer.
Please download the 'application guidance' below for more information.
Temporary licence, North End
To trade in North End, you must first obtain permission from Business Improvement District (BID) telephone number 020 8603 0050. Once permission has been granted please download the 'temporary licence (North End)' form below and return to the licensing team with the relevant fee. The fee is £15 per day.
Temporary licence, Street Markets
If you wish to operate a stall within a street market, please download the 'temporary licence (Street Markets)' form below and return to the licensing team with the relevant fee. The fee is £10 per day.
Renewal of a licence
If you already hold a street trading licence and it is due for renewal you will automatically be sent a renewal letter approximately one month before the expiry date. The renewal fee can be paid online.
Alternatively payment can be made over the telephone by credit or debit card, if you would like to use this facility please telephone 020 8760 5466. Please note a surcharge of 1.65% will be payable for payments made by credit card, there is no charge for debit card payments.
Variation of a licence
If you already hold a street trading licence and would like to vary the type of goods displayed, the size of the display or the hours of display please download the 'variation form' below and return it to the licensing team with a cheque for £365.
The application will be referred to the Licensing Committee for a decision.
Change of ownership
If you have taken over a premises that already has a street trading licence in place, please download the 'street trading application form' below, send the completed form together with two passport sized photographs of the applicant to the licensing team.
License refusals, objections and complaints
Failed application redress
Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.
Licence holder redress
Any licence holder who objects to any of the licensing conditions attached to a licence may appeal to the Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG.
If you wish to make a complaint about someone who holds a street trading licence, please click on the complaints/compliments link under 'Report it'.
Illegal street trading
You can report illegal street trading;
by downloading our free 'My Croydon' reporting app from the Google play store for Android handsets, or Apple iTunes store for iPhone handsets.
via My Account - registering for My Account will allow you to see all of your reporting information, and dealings with the council in one place.
We will aim to resolve reported issues as soon as possible. Certain issues may take longer to resolve; for example where we need to pursue a legal route.
Please contact the licensing team on the details below.
- Street Trading Policy [117.4KB]
- London Local Authorities Act 1990 [712.4KB]
- Temporary licence application form (street markets) [61.5KB]
- Temporary licence application form (North End ) [65.5KB]
- Application form yearly licence [66.0KB]
- Street designation order application form [70.0KB]
- Variation application form [54.5KB]
- Temporary licence application form (not North End or Street Markets) [55.0KB]
- Application guidance [21.2KB]