Street trading and charity collections

Street trading licences

Street trading is selling items in the street, including hot and cold food.

If you sell food you will need to register your food business with us as well as applying for a street trading licence.

You do not need a street trading licence if:

  • You are trading as part of a market
  • You are selling newspapers or periodicals
  • You are trading on private land
  • You are trading as a pedlar (pedlar’s licences are issued by the Police Authority)
  • All your proceeds are for charity. If this is the case you will need a Street collection licence

Street trading locations

We have a list of approved streets in the District where street trading is permitted.

There are currently no trading locations available at any of our streets, so if you wish to apply for a licence you will be added to a waiting list. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please call the Licensing Department on 01403 215525.

There are also streets around the District that you do not need a permit to trade on. For clarification on this, please call the Licensing Department on 01403 215525.

Read the licence terms and conditions

Street trading licence fees

Licence typeFee
Annual consent£756
Consent for special occasions£48

Trading in rural car parks

Trading in the rural car parks that are owned by the council is dealt with by our Properties Department. They issue permits for trading in these car parks on days and evenings to be agreed by them. However, you would not be able to keep your stand, stall or catering unit there permanently.

If you would like to apply for a permit then please contact the Properties Department on 01403 215100.

Trading at Horsham town centre markets

If you would be interested in trading at the Horsham markets then you would need to contact the companies that run them.

For the Carfax Markets contact Food Rocks. Their email address is info@foodrockssouth.co.uk.

For the Bishopric Markets contact Coden Events. Their email address is zac@codenevents.co.uk.

Please call Samantha Ritchie on 01403 215525 for general enquiries and Garry Mortimer-Cook on 01403 215386 for market enquiries.