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Apply for a street trading licence

​Temporary changes have been made to street trading nationally. Pavement licences are designed to make it easier for premises serving food and drink to seat and serve customers while coronavirus social distancing guidelines remain in place.


We recommend that you only submit applications online as our staff are working remotely. If you need help please contact Some applications may be delayed, particularly where they require an inspection of a premises or site assessment to be carried out.

Apply for a street trading licence 

Street trading licences are granted by local authorities to allow members of the public to setup small businesses and trade from the public highway. The legislation governing street trading seeks to regulate this trading environment to allow fair and open practices for both shoppers and traders alike.

In Merton the application process comes in two stages. Each application submitted is considered for both a designation and the issuing of a licence.

Designation of licence streets

In Merton we designate parts of the public highway for the purpose of street trading rather than a whole street. These designations take the form of markets, individual stalls, tables and chairs outside of restaurants and shop-front displays. Following a 28 day public consultation, a committee of elected members votes on whether to designate a part of the public highway for the purposes of street trading. Once designated, a site can be used for street trading subject to obtaining a licence.

Street trading licence

A licence allows the holder to trade at the specified location in the goods and the times stated on the licence. A licence has conditions attached to it which regulate its use.

If the location you are applying for is already designated you will be able to apply for a licensed area up to the maximum size stipulated by the designation. If an increase in size is requested, the application will have to go to committee for a new designation.

Once we receive a completed application we will determine which committee meeting it will be presented at (if a new designation is required). As meetings occur three times a year there can be a considerable period of time between the application being made and the granting of the licence. This period of time can be covered by a temporary street trading licence which can be issued for a location up to a maximum of six months. If you wish to obtain a temporary licence it is necessary to declare this on your application. Our fees structure has different price bandings dependant on the size of the area requested. These bandings apply to full and temporary licences. Please see our fees page for more information on sizes.

Please download our information pack below for additional information.

Contact us

Street Trading
Regulatory Services Partnership
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3969