Pavement Licences


Temporary changes to planning and licensing procedures have recently been announced and will be implemented after Tuesday 21 July 2020. The intention is to make it easier for premises serving food and drink to seat and serve customers as lockdown restrictions are lifted but social distancing guidelines remain in place. 

There is a fast-track process for businesses to obtain a pavement licence from us. The licence allows furniture such as tables and chairs on the pavement.

Please allow us time to put the arrangements in place. You can fill in the pavement licence application form in advance. Please download and complete the form, then save and send via email to

For any further queries, please get in touch with our licencing team at and we will respond to the enquiries as soon as we can.

For traders with existing street trading licences for forecourts, catering vans and market stalls, please be aware you will continue to be licensed as a street trader and you should renew your licence as normal.


Street trading in a market can provide a low-cost start-up business or life-long employment for many people. Operating a market stall is one of the oldest and most recognised professions in the world, bringing traders and the public together in an interesting market place.

As with all street trading it is necessary for market traders in Merton to hold a licence for their pitch. If you are interested in applying for a pitch you will first need to be registered with us. Please download and complete the form below to begin the registration process.

We are actively seeking new traders for all our markets. A list of commodities sold in our markets is included on our vacancies page. If you wish to trade in an item already contained on the list please consider an alternative market within the borough. Traders are invoiced for the days they attend.

There are two markets run by Merton Council: Mitcham Market and Abbotsbury Road Market.

Mitcham Market

Mitcham is the main authority run market in the borough. Located in the middle of the town centre, commodities range from fruit and vegetables to clothes and pet supplies. There is access to power across the site and anchor points for stall safety. Stalls are available for use for traders.

Abbotsbury Road Market – Morden

The market in Abbotsbury Road is just around the corner from Morden Underground station and close to local restaurants and cafes. The market runs every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

The area has recently been subjected to highway improvements and there is power available on site. There are currently spaces available for all types of trader.

Market     Number of pitches     Trading days
Mitcham Market 28 Monday to Saturday
Abbotsbury Road Morden 6 Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Registration form

Market Registration Form

Other markets

These markets are privately run and not subject to street trading licensing. Please contact the operators directly for information and stall availability.

Contact us

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

Telephone: 020 8545 3969