Shropshire Council

Street trading licence

Covid-19 - restrictions on street trading

In response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 requires the closure of many businesses, and this also applies to those who trade on the street under a street trading licence. In summary, only those street trading businesses that sell food products or supply hot or cold food for consumption away from the stall, ie ‘take away’ facilities, may continue to operate as normal. The trader must, however, take significant steps to prevent the spread of the virus in line with Public Health England guidelines. Public health and other information for businesses is available on our coronavirus pages. If you're unsure of whether your business may be affected by the restrictions, please seek further advice from the Licensing Team..

Fast track applications

In a effort to support street traders under Covid-19, we're offering a fast track procedure to all traders.

  • For those businesses wishing to apply for a full year licence, a payment instalment plan is available, consisting of an initial payment of £123.50 at the point of application, and three more payments of £123.50 in three monthly intervals. A daily licence is also available; however a payment instalment plan is not applicable.
  • Early commencement of the consultation period. Under Covid-19 we're allowing the consultation period to start at the point a full application form has been received rather than at the point a complete application (including all supporting documents) has been received, thus making allowances for the application to be completed within the consultation period.

Street trading is the selling, exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) in a street.

All streets in Shropshire, as defined in section 329 of the Highways Act 1980, are 'licence streets' with the exception of any street/area specifically listed in the Shropshire Council Street Trading Policy 2018-2023. This includes any area to which the public have access without payment.

“Licence street” means a street in which street trading is prohibited without a licence granted by the Council. Street trading in a licence street without a licence is a criminal offence.  If a street is designated as a “licence street” then applications can be made by persons over 17 for a licence to trade in the articles described in the application on certain days on that street. For so long as the designation of licence street remains in place for that particular street or part of street the council is duty bound to grant or renew a properly made application unless one or more of the statutory grounds for refusal applies.  When granting or renewing a licence the Council may attach any reasonable condition, furthermore the Council can at any time vary the conditions attached to a licence.  There is a right of appeal against a council decision made in respect of a street trading licence.

There are some specific exceptions to this.

If you want to trade in the street within the Shropshire Council area you should read Shropshire Council’s Street Trading Policy 2018 – 2023 to ensure you are familiar with all the requirements and application process. A full list of streets which are not subject to the licence, or where different rules apply can also be found in Appendix 1 of the policy.

Street Trading in Ludlow is administered by Ludlow Town Council. Enquiries and applications should be made directly to Ludlow Town Council, further information can be found on their website.

For Street Trading in the Square in Shrewsbury Town Centre please refer to our Square guidance (under the related documents section of this page). You will need to book a pitch on the Square to trade there as well as apply for a Street Trading License. Please visit the Square booking web pages directly to do this. If you have any further queries about Street Trading please contact the Licensing Team.

Am I eligible to apply for a street trading licence?

Any person over the age of 17 can apply for a licence

How much will it cost?

There is a fee for issuing this document, which is taken when you apply.

What will I need before I apply?

  • The application process and full details of the required supporting documentation can be found within the policy in Part 3 – Licensable Activities – 3a

Do I need to do anything else?

You must ensure you have gained the consent of the landowner to trade in your chosen location prior to making a Street Trading application.

Apply now

Download the form, complete it on your home computer, and email it to

Download an application form Download a renewal/reapply form

Download the form, print it out, fill it in and post your application along with the fee if applicable to:

The Licensing Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

Download an application form Download a renewal/reapply form