Street trading is the selling of goods or food in any "street". The term 'street' includes any road, footway or other area to which the public have access without payment (this can include private land). Typical examples of street trading that goes on in the area include selling hot food from vans parked in lay-bys or on industrial estates and selling ice cream from a mobile van.
Consultation: have your say on how we control street trading
The council is currently reviewing the way it controls street trading. As part of this process, the council wishes to consult relevant stakeholders and the wider public in relation to two particular areas:
- The current designation of streets as prohibited or consent streets
- A revised draft street trading policy
If you would like to respond to this consultation, please read this revised draft policy and complete the relevant parts of this consultation document, returning it by email or post to the details here, using the subject line "Redditch Street Trading Policy Consultation".
The consultation will be open for responses until 31st March 2018.
General policy information
We recognise that street trading can provide a useful service to people who live in or visit the Borough. Before you can trade in the street in our area you must get a street trading licence issued by us. If a person trades without a licence then they are committing an offence and can be fined up to £1,000.
We have adopted a policy on street trading, which gives guidance to applicants, officers and councillors on the principles that we will apply when deciding whether or not to grant a street trading licence to somebody. Further information on applying for a street trading licence can be found here:
When you apply
Allow at least two weeks for us to make a decision on your application. You cannot trade without a permit.
You will also need to prove that you have £5 million public liability insurance, and you may also need to supply a risk assessment.
Revocation of permit
Street trading permits may be revoked for non compliance with conditions, non payment of the required fee, or if agencies such as Worcestershire Highways require access to your trading location.