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Guide Street trading consultation

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4. See our current proposal

We are proposing to change the rules for street trading. Street trading includes stalls at outdoor events, street stalls, outdoor markets, festivals, roadside food vans and in car parks including supermarket car parks. Anything where someone is selling goods or services on the streets or in outside pedestrian areas or open spaces.

We are proposing that if anyone wants to street trade throughout the whole of the district, they will have to apply to us for permission and we will either grant or refuse them a licence to trade. As a result of the previous consultation we are now proposing that the exception to this is Sidmouth, which would remain the same as it currently is with a general ban on street trading in Sidmouth apart from during Folk Week.  

As part of this:

  • There will be many standards that street traders / street markets will have to meet before we consider giving them permission. This will include taking into account what nearby static businesses sell, trying to avoid them selling the same things. 
  • A variety of consultees will be told about each street trading application, asked for their views and their views will be taken into consideration.
  • We would charge a fee to people who apply to us for a licence to street trade. We aren’t sure what these would be as yet.
  • Legislation allows for consent to trade to be revoked at any time in certain circumstances.
  • Honiton High Street and part of Axminster town centre have ancient charters that allow their regular markets to take place. This proposal does not apply to these areas as the charter exempts it from being controlled by this more modern legislation. They would remain the same as they currently are, even if the proposal were to happen.

There are a few other exceptions to the proposals, because these are not subject to the controls, see pages 2 and 3 of the draft policy. Including:

  • Anyone who trades as a pedlar under a pedlar’s certificate granted under the Pedlars Act 1871 would be exempt from the proposed new policy.
  • Fees would not be charged for consent to street trade for fetes or community events held for charitable purposes and fees for farmer’s markets would be subject to the policy but at a reduced fee.

 Proposed new street trading policy

The aim of this proposal is to create a street trading environment which compliments permanent businesses, is sensitive to the needs and amenities of residents, provides customer choice, and seeks to improve the character and ambience of local environments.

We want this change to compliment rather than compete with our existing shops and businesses and encourage even more local producers and artisans.  We would like to explore ways of joining street trading to other support to our towns and local economies including promotions and publicity, car parking charge flexibility, street closures, entertainment and events.