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Street trading

Street Trading is defined as the selling or offering for sale of any article in the street; this includes food such as burgers, kebabs, doughnuts etc. or other items such as household goods.

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Food traders must be registered with Environmental Health.

Where can I trade?

The council has decided to class roads as either

  • Prohibited - where NO trading is allowed at all
  • Consent - where a consent is needed

We currently have FIVE consent pitches in the borough, all of which are currently licensed to traders. There is a waiting list for when these pitches become available. Please contact us if you would like your name added to the list.

There is no right of appeal against a refusal of the council to issue a Street Trading Consent.

It is a criminal offence to trade in a prohibited street, or to trade in a consent street without having a valid consent. The maximum penalty is a fine of up to £1,000.

You do not need a Street Trading Consent if you are:

  • a pedlar with a pedlar's certificate
  • in a designated trunk road picnic area (there are none of these in Welwyn Hatfield)
  • as a news vendor selling only newspapers/magazines
  • at a petrol station
  • as a roundsman with regular customers
  • a market trader operating at a licensed market venue

pdf icon Fees & Charges 2017/18 [1MB]

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