Down District Council is responsible for the regulation of Street Trading within its district.
This activity is regulated by the Street Trading Act (Northern Ireland) 2001. This Act sets out a general prohibition on Street Trading, unless a trader has a Licence or a Temporary Licence granted by the District Council for the area in which trading is to take place.
Certain activities are exempt from requiring a licence such as:
- Lawful markets
- Roundsmen, eg. milkmen and coalmen
- Traders who sell items or provide services on a door-to-door basis
- Sales and collections for charitable purposes
The Council designates specific streets within its district as being suitable for Street Trading. Traders are then required to apply for a Licence to trade from that designated site, which may be valid for up to 1 year.
The Council may issue one of three types of Licence to traders:
- Stationary Licence – enables a trader to trade from a designated site.
Licence Fee: £345.00.
- Temporary Licence – will cover special events such as festivals, fairs, etc where a full-term Licence may not be appropriate. This Licence cannot be granted for a period exceeding 7 days and no more than 5 Temporary Licences can be issued to any one applicant in a year. Licence Fee: £75.00.
- Mobile Licence – enables a trader to operate throughout the area or areas specified on the Licence and may include areas which are not designated. If a mobile trader wishes to trade in more than one District Council area, separate Licences and separate authorisations will be required. Licence Fee: £295.00.
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