Street Trading

Photograph of a street food trader

Environmental Health is responsible for regulating street trading in the Borough. The Street Trading Act (NI) 2001 places restrictions on where and how people can trade.

Street trading can only take place if the traders have been issued with the appropriate licence from the Council. The three types of licence available and the annual fees for the different licences are:

  • Stationary Street Trading Licence
  • Mobile Street Trading Licence
  • Temporary Street Trading Licence

Before a stationary street trading licence can be issued the council must have decided to designate that particular street for street trading. Please contact us if you have any queries over the designation of streets.

All ice-cream vans/mobile shops operating in the Council area should be in possession of a mobile street trading licence. Temporary street trading licences can be issued to allow trading to take place at a particular location for up to 7 days.

New Street Trading Policy

The Council has reviewed its policy on street trading and from the 1 November 2018 a new policy will come into effect. The policy covers includes:

  • new minimum standards and licence terms and conditions for street traders
  • clarify the areas traders can trade in and the hours they can trade between
  • introduce a policy for when Council can designate new stationary street trading sites
  • set a new policy for the allocation and selection  of street trading licences
  • an enforcement policy for breaching licence terms and conditions

The full policy is available at the bottom of this page as a download.

Street Trading Fees

We set our own street trading fees which took effect from 2 June 2015.

The fees for the various street trading fees are set out below: 

  • Stationary street trading fee  - £240
  • Mobile street trading fee       - £140
  • Temporary street trading fee - £100*
  • Variation of licence fee       - £45

* a further fee of £15 a day will be charged for each additional day traded after the first

The fees are set to cover the full costs of administering and enforcing the street trading licensing process.

Street Trading Opportunities

Any street trading opportunities at large events and vacant stationary pitches will be advertised on this page.

The allocation and selection of licences will be carried out using the Council’s policy and full details are outlined in the application form.

Christmas Events Street Trading

There will be a limited number of temporary street trading licences available for stalls only to sell non food items at the Council’s Christmas light switch on events at the following locations:-

•          Ballymena – Bryan Street area -  evening of Thursday 18 November 2021

•          Larne – Main Street area - evening of Friday 19 November 2021    

•          Carrickfergus – Market Place area - afternoon of Saturday 20 November 2021

If anyone is interested in applying to trade at any of the above events they should complete the Temporary street trading licence application form below and return along with all relevant certificates to address below by 29 October 2021.

No fee should be submitted with application as this  will be collected from successful applicants at later date.

The allocation and selection of licences will be carried out using the Council’s policy and full details are outlined in the application form.

Forms cans be submitted by post or email to:

Environmental Health Department
Smiley Buildings
Victoria Road
BT40 1RU