Manchester City Council

Markets Apply to hold a market or fair

If you want to hold a market in Manchester, you need a Market Rights Licence from us.

A market is defined as a 'concourse of buyers and sellers' with five or more trading spaces (e.g. stalls, stands, vehicles or pitches). This can also include:

  • Fairs; Car boot sales; Table-top sales; Traditional and specialist markets and fairs; Exhibition type markets and fairs; or where Rides and amusements are included.

You still require a Market Rights Licence if:

  • You have already received other permissions such as Temporary Event Notice (TENs), planning consent, or agreement to use the premises;
  • The market is to be held on private or public premises, either indoors or outdoors;
  • The proceeds are solely or principally for the benefit of charitable, social, sporting or political purposes;
  • The market is part of a wider event.

We manage the Market Rights for Manchester, Market Rights exist to protect markets from too much direct competition and to safeguard the tradition of holding markets in Manchester.

To find out more see the Market Rights Policy, you also need to read the Real Deal National Market's charter available on the Real Deal website.

You must apply for a market rights licence at least 21 days in advance of the date of your market. Different charges apply see the pricing guidance.

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