What do we do?

  • ensure street trading activities are properly licensed
  • deal with unlicensed street traders

Street Trading

FlowersStreet Trading is defined as the selling or offering for sale of any article in the street; this includes food, such as artisan bread or a creperie, flowers, arts and crafts etc.

Food traders must be registered with their local Environmental Health Office.

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

  • Trading as a Pedlar under a licence issued by the Police
  • A market trader operating at a licensed market
  • A news vendor selling only newspapers and periodicals (other matters are taken into consideration such as stalls /receptacles which could result in an exemption not applying)

The landowner may need planning permission and you are advised to contact the Council's Planning Office by email at planning@stalbans.gov.uk

Illegal Street Trading

Anyone wishing to trade in streets under the control of St Albans District Council must obtain a Street Trading Consent.

Anyone found trading in designated consent streets without first obtaining a street trading consent will be committing an offence punishable on conviction by a fine. The term street includes any road, footway or other area to which the public have free access without payment, and also a service area. It also includes part of a street. Some streets are prohibited.

Related Documents

Detailed information regarding the following matters is available in the Street Trading Guidance document below:

  1. What is not deemed to be street trading
  2. The definition of “street” ,“consent street” and “prohibited street”
  3. A list of the prohibited streets
  4. The consultation period and who we consult with on applications
  5. Details of the different types of consents (static/mobile)
  6. How long the consent lasts and a list of fees

Contact Us

More information and advice is available from Licensing - Tel.01727 819542 email licensing@stalbans.gov.uk

Consultation on our draft Street Trading Policy

We are now consulting on our revised Street Trading. 
As from 2 June 1986, anyone wishing to trade in streets under the control of St Albans City and District Council is required to obtain a street trading consent.  
This page explains how to access the draft revised policy and how to comment on the proposed changes. 
We regulate Street Trading in the district under the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 – Schedule 4 Street Trading. 
Our policy sets out how we will consider applications for permission to trade in the streets of St Albans City & District 
We do not plan to make any significant changes this time.
A summary of what we have changed is below;
·         We have added advice for New Applicants
·         We have clarified the number of consents allowed in St Peters Street
Please send your comments on the draft policy to licensing@stalbans.gov.uk
Or by post to
Karen Hollands
Business Compliance Officer
Regulatory Services
St Albans City & District Council
Civic Centre
St Peters Street
St Albans
to arrive no later than 25th January 2017
If you require a paper copy of the existing or draft Policy, please contact Karen Hollands Business Compliance Officer on 01727 819 542

Date of last review: 10 October 2016