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Car boot sales licence

​​​​To hold a car boot sale you may need autho​risation or a licence from us​ for the area where the sale will be held.

Application evaluation process

Applicants must give the district or borough council at least one month's notice of their intention to hold a car boot sale (or to permit their land to be used for a car boot sale), unless the proceeds of the car boot sale are to be applied solely or principally for charitable, social, sporting or political purposes.

Applications must be made in writing (including by electronic means) and include the applicant's name and address, where and when they desire to trade and the name and address of the occupier of that site, if he is not the applicant.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by the Licensing Team within 14 days of receipt of your application.  We would normally expect to let you know our decision on your application within 30 days of receipt.

Application Form

Car boot sale application form (90kb pdf)

Failed application redress

Please contact Rochdale Borough Council in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact Rochdale Borough Council in the first instance.​


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.