Policy Street trading policy and application guidance

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1. Overview

  1. East Devon District Council (“the Council”) has adopted Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 with regards to street trading within its area. The Council can properly regulate those traders who sell articles without the use of ordinary business premises and those traders who move from place to place.
  2. In 2017 the Council designated all of its administrative area as a Consent Street for street trading purposes, although street trading has remained prohibited in a small part of Sidmouth. This means that in the consent streets anyone wanting to street trade must obtain consent from the Council first.
  3. The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for applicants looking to gain consent to trade within the district. The requirement to obtain a consent for any street trading is wide-ranging and would include, for example, all hot and cold food vendors selling burgers, kebabs, doughnuts, ice cream, drinks etc., and all vendors of non-food products from any vehicle, stall, barrow, trailer, bike or any other moveable or static structure. It sets out the standards for determination of applications and the enforcement of street trading activities to ensure a consistent approach.
  4. Each application will be considered on its merits. Public Health and safety will be a key consideration with each application as well as the prevention of crime, disorder, and nuisance.
  5. This policy supports a street trading experience that is diverse, vibrant and adds to the social and cultural fabric of East Devon that maintains, protects and enhances our environment. The policy aims to ensure that it meets the needs of traders, residents, businesses and visitors to East Devon

When this policy has been published and will be reviewed

Policy published 6 March 2020 (due for review by 30 April 2024)