As well as our market sites, there are over 20 individually licensed street traders throughout the borough, selling a variety of goods, including flowers, fruit and vegetables and ice cream. Street traders' pitches are often marked out on the pavement and every trader should carry a copy of their licence when they are trading. There is no requirement for a street trader to show a member of the public their licences, only authorised officers of the council and the police may request to see it.

Trading on the street without a street trading licence is an offence under the London Local Authorities Act 1990 (as amended). From 1st December 2007, illegal street traders can receive fixed penalty notices as well as face prosecution in court. The table below shows the level of fines and offences which can be issued:

Description of offence Fixed penalty level
Contravention of condition of street trading licence or temporary licence £100
Making false statement in connection with application for street trading licence or temporary licence £125
Resisting or obstructing authorised officer £250
Failure to produce street trading licence on demand £100
Unlicensed street trading £150

If you have concerns about any trading on the street please contact us on the number given below.

If you are a trader and think you may require a licence, please contact us as soon as possible.

See also

Fixed penalty notices

Contact us

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

Telephone: 020 8545 3969