When you need a licence for a market or car boot sale, how much a licence costs and how to apply.
You need a licence to hold an occasional market, such as a craft fair or food fair, or a car boot sale if there will be 5 traders or more.
A market or car boot sale licence is for up to 50 trading spaces. We may grant a licence for more spaces in special circumstances.
You can apply if you're:
- an individual
- a charity
- an organisation, such as a school
- a private company
You can apply for a licence for up to 8 markets or car boot sales in 12 months. If you want to set up a regular market, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must apply for a licence at least 28 days before the date of the market or car boot sale.
Before you apply
Before you apply, you'll need to read the:
- pdf guidance notes for car boot sale and market organisers: includes information health and safety (152 KB)
- pdf terms and conditions for commercial markets or car boot sales (146 KB)
- pdf terms and conditions for charitable and fundraising markets or car boot sales (146 KB)
Before you apply, you must get written permission from the person who owns the site where you want to hold your market or car boot sale.
Commercial market or car boot sale licence: £2 per trading space, with a £20 minimum fee.
Charitable or fundraising market or car boot sale licence: £10. You'll need to tell us which charity or organisation you're fundraising for. All the net profit from the market or car boot sale must go to the charity or organisation.
You need to pay the licence fee at least 10 days before the event. We'll tell you how to pay when we tell you if your application is approved.
Apply for a market or car boot sale licence
You must upload a copy of the:
- site plan, showing the layout of the car boot sale or market and its entry and exit points: the Health and Safety Executive website has further guidance
- traffic plan, showing how the possible impact on the roads and to traffic
- operational plan, including a production schedule and risk assessments
- insurance document showing third party public liability cover of at least £5 million
If you want to sell at an occasional market or car boot sale
You don't need a licence to sell at a market or car boot sale. You need to apply to the organiser for a stall. Food businesses must be registered with their local council. You can't sell alcohol unless the venue or event has a licence, you should check this with the organisers.
You can only sell second hand or surplus household goods at car boot sales. You can't sell things you've bought to resell.