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Shop front trading licence

You need a shop front trading licence if you want to sell goods and services outside of your premises. This includes everything from fruit and vegetables outside convenience stores, to tables and chairs outside local cafes, bars and restaurants.

You can have permanent or temporary shop front trading licences, however permanent shop front licences are only available for licensed streets. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the current list of licensed streets.

Before you apply

Before you can apply for a permanent licence, you need to have had a temporary licence for 6 months. 

You need to renew a permanent licence every financial year, and a temporary licence every 6 months.

For more information see shop front trading tables and chairs regulations.

Apply for / renew a shop front trading licence

If you apply online for your first shop front trading licence or renewal, you’ll get a £10 discount.

The full price of the application is £100 for a new application and £50 for a renewal. You can only pay by debit or credit card. 

You also need to pay in advance the fee for the size of shop front area you are using.

Please note that the shop front licence is held in the name of an individual rather than a company name.

Please make sure you have all the documents before applying. 

Apply / renew 

After you apply

Applications are reviewed to ensure all documents have been supplied and are processed within 10 working days.

Apply / renew by post or email

You can apply or renew by post or email, but it’s faster, easier and cheaper to apply online

By post or in person – Markets and Street Trading Office, Unit 2ii, Kingsland Shopping Centre, Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2LX.

By email: shopfronts@hackney.gov.uk

Printed forms are also available at the above address.

Please make sure you have all the documents before applying. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

After you apply

Applications are reviewed to ensure all documents have been supplied and are processed within 10 working days.

Page updated on: 17 July 2019

Shop front trading

Address

Markets Service
Unit 2bii Kingsland Shopping Centre
Kingsland High Street
E8 2LX

Telephone

Opening times

  • Markets office is open for tel enquiries and walk-in appointments, Mon-Fri 7am to 5pm