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Car boot sale or occasional market licence

Apply for an occasional market or car boot sale licence

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 markets@bristol.gov.uk.

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:

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.

Cost

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

Apply for a market or car boot sale licence

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. 

Contact information

Market office

The Glass Arcade, Markets Office

St Nicholas Market

Bristol, BS1 1JQ

Email: markets@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 4014

Fax: 0117 922 4037