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Street trading licence

There are no Street Trading Licences within Rochdale at present, however, you can apply for Street Trading Consent if you want to sell items or food on the street. The licence you need depends on where you want to trade.

Apply for Street Trading Consent

If you want to sell items or food on the street you'll need a Street Trading Licence 

Do I need a licence?

There are 2 types licenses for trading on the street.

The licence you need depends on where you want to trade.

Please contact the Licensing Service to find out which licence is the one most appropriate for you (see contact section for address and opening hours).

You'll need a licence if you want to sell

  • Any type of food (for example burgers, kebabs, doughnuts).
  • Any type of household items, toys, mobile phone accessories and more.

You do not need a Street Trading Licence if you're:

  • Trading as a Pedlar with a licence issued by a Police Authority.
  • A market trader operating at a licensed market venue.
  • A news vendor selling only newspapers and periodicals.

If you're trading on private land you may not need a licence - please contact the Licensing Unit for further advice.


If you want to sell food, you'll also have to apply for a food business registration.

Licence fees

Street Trading Licence£1,310
Change of Vehicle/Stall during licence£54

How to apply

A licence lasts for 1 year.

To apply:

  1. Complete and return the application form to us.
  2. You'll need to:
    • Provide evidence that your business is registered with us if you wish to sell food.
    • Tell us where and when you want to trade.
    • Provide 2 photographs of yourself.      
    • Pay the licence fee.

Food application for a street trading licence (149kb pdf)​

Non-food application for a street trading licence (146kb pdf)


After completing the form:

  • Send completed forms to
  • Post it to Rochdale Borough Council Licensing, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU; or  
  • Bring it in to the Licensing Unit (see contact section for address and opening hours).


If your application is refused or revoked you can discuss the reasons with us.

Other than a Judicial Review, there is no statutory right of appeal against our decision, but an appeal could be heard by the Regulatory Sub-Committee of the council.

Fines and penalties

If you don't obey the conditions of your licence, it can be suspended or withdrawn, or you can be fined up to £1,000.

It's illegal to trade without a street licence.

Related pages


01706 924114

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.45am-4.45pm.

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Licensing counter at Number One Riverside​

Drop-in sessions: Monday-Thursday 9.30am-11am and 2pm-4pm. Friday 9.30am-11am.

Collection only sessions: Monday-Thursday 11am-12noon and 2pm-4pm. Friday 11am-12noon.