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Draft street trading policy consultation

We are carrying out a consultation on the draft Street Trading Policy and we would appreciate your views to shape the new proposed policy.  

The draft policy covers the following Street Trading activities:

  • Street Trading Pitches
  • Tables and Chairs on the Highway
  • Market stall licences
  • Shop Front Displays

The draft policy is seeking to replace the current regulations which we adopted in March 2009. 

The main aim of the proposed policy is to provide a framework for us to administer and regulate street trading ensuring a consistent approach is taken. The policy will serve as a reference for licence holders, enforcement officers, other responsible authorities and the Licensing Committee, as to our intended vision and approach to street trading activities in the Borough. It will also strengthen the decision-making process for applications and support the our position should issues arise.

The draft policy reflects on current operational requirements and service improvements. In summary, the main changes are based on service improvements, and these relate to:

  • Improving air quality
  • Terms for market trading operators
  • Special provisions for community or charity trading licences
  • Street trading fees and waivers
  • Decision making
  • Reasons for refusal of a licence
  • Licensing hearings
  • Revised new terms and conditions for street trading licences
  • Delineation of trading area
  • Our enforcement approach
  • Succession
  • Commodities list (approved and banned)

More information about the main changes

The closing date for submitting consultation responses is 31 May 2022

What happens next?

We will consider all the responses and amend the proposed policy as appropriate. The updated policy will then be considered by the Licensing Committee on 28th June 2022 then by Full Council later this year.

Give Us Your Views

We are interested in receiving views on the content of the draft policy generally, but also wishes to seek opinions on a number of specific questions as outlined in the questionnaire below: 

Complete the draft street trading policy consultation

Contact us

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

Telephone: 020 8545 3969
Email: licensing@merton.gov.uk