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Street trading and markets licences

Apply for a market or street trading licence.


Markets in the borough include those in Lewisham High Street, Catford Broadway, Deptford High Street, Douglas Way, Giffin Square and Sydenham (Venner/Queensthorpe Square).

Initially, the only way to get a pitch is by casual trading. This means temporarily using a pitch when the permanent licence holder is not there.

You can only apply for a permanent licence after an initial period of casual trading.

What you need

  • your own stall

  • public liability insurance

  • a casual trading licence.

How to apply

To apply for a market stall (including for one-off or periodic markets) please read the current charges and then download and submit the application form.

Occasional sales or events

You need a licence if you wish to hold:

  • a temporary market

  • a car boot sale

  • a street event.

You should give at least 42 days’ notice, and include a risk assessment with your application.

What you need

When you apply for a licence, we will send your details to:

  • our legal practice

  • local councillors

  • the police

  • trading standards

  • the highways authority for major roads.

When we receive your application, we will respond within ten days.

If you have any further questions about local markets or occasional sales please call us.

Street trading

If you are thinking of organising a street trading or market event then please read our guide below first.


Markets Service

Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road, Ladywell, London, SE13 7EZ

Environmental Crime (Enforcement) Team

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