Street trading licences

Street Trading - Consultation

The current approach to Street Trading in Kingston was agreed in 1991 and has not been formally reviewed since this time. The current regime is considered restrictive for entrepreneurial business and not compatible with the modern trend for food stalls, artisan producers and community-led markets. A review and revision of the approach to Street Trading was agreed by Committee in October 2018 and, following a period of engagement and consultation, the Committee agreed in July 2019 to develop a draft Street Trading Policy.  The Licensing Committee agreed that the new policy should incorporate the licensing of the display of goods for sale (shopfront licensing), the licensing of freestanding advertising (A-boards) on the highway and to vary the existing designation of streets or pitches by including additional streets within the designation and permit the use of temporary street trading permits anywhere in the Borough. The new policy also includes a new set of standard conditions that would be applied to street trading licences, and introduces a new set of fees.

The Council is required to advertise the proposed changes by way of advert in a local newspaper. There is then a period of 28 days during which you can make comments on the proposals. There are three main changes proposed within the new policy and each individual newspaper advertisement can be viewed by following the link below:

Should you wish to comment on the proposals you can email [email protected], or write to us at Licensing Team, Guildhall 2, High Street, Kingston, KT1 1EU.

The new policy is due to come into effect on 1 April 2020.