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Policy Street trading policy and application guidance

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7. Stage 5 - consideration of applications

  1. Any comments received from the consultation process which are relevant will be taken in to account as part of the consideration of the application.
  2. The criteria listed below will be used to consider whether or not an application should be approved. All the criteria should normally be satisfied, and equal weight will be applied to the criteria listed. Each case though will be assessed on its merits and individual circumstances, where appropriate, may be taken into consideration;
  3. site safety
    The location of the proposed street trading activity should not present additional risks to the public in terms of road safety, obstruction and fire hazard. The term “public” refers to both customers frequenting the street trading activity, and other members of the public using the location.  In particular reference will be made to the guidelines set out in Stage 3 on site safety assessment criteria and observations made by the Highways Authority.
  4. Public Order
    The street trading activity should not present a risk to public order in the locality in which it is situated. Observations from the Devon and Cornwall Police will be taken into consideration under this heading.
  5. Avoidance of Annoyance
    The street trading activity should not cause annoyance from noise, smells, fumes or litter to households and businesses in the vicinity of the proposed street trading site. Observations from Council’s Environmental, Commercial and Environment Protection Teams shall be taken into consideration under this heading.
  6. Conflict with other like trading outlets and school premises
    The presence of other like trading outlets and proximity of schools shall be taken into consideration as follows:
    • The presence of like trading outlets already existing in the immediate locality of the proposed street trading site. The Council will not normally permit a new consent for the sale of goods or services which conflicts with those provided by nearby traders.
    • Mobile food vendors will not normally be permitted to trade within 500m of a school.
    • On lay-bys and trading estates there shall be no other street trading consents granted within 500 metres of an existing consent.
  7. Compliance with legal requirements
    The proposed street trading activity should be carried out from a trading unit that complies with the relevant legislation. Observations made on the compliance with the requirements of Food Safety and Hygiene, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection and fire safety legislation shall be taken into consideration.
  8. Permitted Trading Hours
    All street trading consents will normally be limited to daily trading hours between 8.00 am and 10.00 pm.  However in the case of hot food takeaways and fresh produce sellers trading hours will be determined on a case by case basis on their own merits.  Any trading between 2300 – 0500 hours must be subject to a separate application under the Licensing Act 2003 where hot food is proposed to be sold.
  9. The Council retains the right to specify permitted hours of trading that are less than those applied for if local circumstances require it. Street trading locations will be managed and allocated on a first come first served basis subject to all requirements being met.
  10. Compatibility of the proposed street trading operation
    The proposed trading operation should complement the trading area in which it is situated and/or be compatible with the character of the event to which the consent is related. In assessing this criterion consideration should be given to the type and nature of locality, the type of street trading that will be carried out and the visual appearance of the trading operation being proposed (including any associated equipment or structures).
  11. Refusal or withdrawal of street trading consents will be normal in the following circumstances:
    1. That there are not enough suitable street trading locations available in the street for the applicant to engage in the trading in which she/he desires without causing undue interference or inconvenience to persons using the street.
    2. That there are already enough consent holders or people employed by them trading in the street from shops or otherwise, in the goods in which the applicant desires to trade.
    3. That a consent holder or people employed by them have failed to comply with the conditions attached to any consent.
    4. That the street trading may damage the structure or surface of the street.
    5. When adverse comments are received from the statutory organisations which cannot be overcome.
    6. Applications will normally be refused where the imposition of conditions is not adequate to control potential problems
    7. In circumstances of extreme weather conditions when street trading may present a risk to the applicant, their staff or other people
    8. The selling of psychoactive substances