Manchester City Council

Apply to hold a market or fair

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  2. Summary

    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 for the market 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 a charity or other beneficiary;
    • The market is part of a wider event.

    You must apply for a Market Rights Licence at least 21 days in advance of the date of your market.

    To find out more see the Market Rights Policy and History of Manchester Markets. You also need to read the Real Deal National Market's charter available on the Real Deal website.

  3. Fees

    Different charges apply see the pricing guidance

  4. Application, guidance notes or terms and condition

    Before you apply, please read this information about Market Right Licences including guidance to help you complete your online application

    Apply to hold a market or fair

  5. Attachments required

    Upload a layout plan of the market, this can be hand drawn as long as everything is clearly labelled

  6. Processing and timescales

    We will consider your application and let you know the outcome as soon as possible, and normally within the next 14 days. Where the application is not fully complete you will be informed as soon as possible of any actions required. In this instance the 14-day timescale will not commence until your application is complete.

    We may contact you for further information to support your application, and to enable us to make a more informed decision, especially where you are applying for a permanent market. This may extend the consideration period beyond 14-days.

    Where your application has not been submitted within the required timescales (at least 21 days in advance of the date of the market), we may be unable to consider the application or any market days that fall within the 21-day notification period.

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  8. Complaints

    Contact us in the first instance

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