Car boot sale licence

Licence summary

To hold a car boot sale you may need permission or a licence from the council for the area where the sale will be held.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

Please give at least one months notice of your intention to hold a car boot sale or to permit your land to be used for a car boot sale.

Applications should include:

  • applicant's name
  • applicant's address
  • location of car boot
  • date and time of proposed car boot
  • the name and address of the occupier of that site, if they are not the applicant.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that if you have not heard from the Council within the target completion period of 25 calendar days you will be able to act as though your application is granted. Please note this period will not commence until a complete application has been submitted.

Apply online

You may wish to contact the market office prior to submitting your application to check the location and date of your proposed sale.

Apply for car boot sale authorisation (Business Link website)

Applicant complaints

Please contact the market office in the first instance.

Consumer complaints

Please contact the market office in the first instance.


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Contact information

Market office

The Glass Arcade, Markets Office

St Nicholas Market

Bristol, BS1 1JQ

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 4014

Fax: 0117 922 4037