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Street trading licence

You can't apply for a new Street Trading Licence for Rochdale borough anymore.


  • If you want to sell items or food on the street, you can apply for Street Trading Consent instead.
  • If you have an existing Street Trading Licence, you can apply to renew it using the details on this page.

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?

You'll need a licence if you want to sell any type of food or 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.
  • Trading on some types of private land. Please contact us using the details on this page for advice.

What are the restrictions?

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

How much will my licence cost?

These are the costs for street trading licences:

  • Renew your licence - £1,419.
  • Make a change, such as changing the vehicle or stall - £58

How do I renew or make a change to my licence?

To renew your Street Trading Licence or make a change to your existing licence:

  1. Complete the relevant application form below.
  2. You'll need to include 2 photographs of yourself with your application. If you're applying to sell food, you'll also need to include evidence your business is registered with us.
  3. Return your completed form and additional information to us either:
    • By email:
    • By post: Rochdale Borough Council Licensing, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU.
    • In person: bring it in to the Licensing Counter at Number One Riverside. The opening times are listed in the contact section on this page.
Food Street Trading Licence - apply to renew or make a change (286kb pdf).Non-food Street Trading Licence - apply to renew or make a change (265kb pdf)

How long will my licence last?

All Street Trading Licences last for one year.

You must apply to renew your licence after this time if you want to continue street trading.

How do I appeal a decision?

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.

What are the 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.


Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Licensing office opening times

You can collect your licences, plates and badges from the office on:

  • Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Thursdays, 2pm-4pm