Street trader licence and consent

  1. Summary

    All street trading within the boundaries of the district is controlled by us. Street trading is not permitted in any of the designated prohibited streets. Street trading within the remaining streets is only permitted when a licence or consent has been granted by us.

    Within the City Centre there are several areas where street trading is prohibited, these are:

    • New Cathedral Street
    • St Ann's Square/Exchange Street
    • Exchange Square
    • King Street (pedestrian area)
    • Market Street
    • Piccadilly
    • St Mary's Gate

    Street trading means the selling, exposing or offering for sale of any articles in a street. A street includes any road, footpath, beach, any part of a street or other area to which the public have access without payment.

    There are 2 type of street trading authorisation issued by us: 

    • Street Trader Licence which includes the City Centre and extends to the Inner City Ring Road; and 
    • Street Trader Consent which incorporates the remaining streets (excluding prohibited streets) within the City of Manchester boundary.


    View areas where street trading licences are required or restricted. 


  2. Fees

    Street trader licence £720.00
    Street trader consent £420.00

  3. Application and guidance notes

    Apply for or renew a street trader licence or consent

    Download guidance notes

  4. Processing and timescales

    Applications can take up to 8 weeks to process, due to the 28 day consultation period.

    Where objections are received a hearing will be held before the Licensing and Appeals Sub-Committee for a decision. The applicant and anyone who made an objection to the application will be invited to attend.

    If your licence application is refused you have the right of appeal to the Magistrates Court if your consent application is refused you have the right of appeal to the full Licensing and Appeal Committee.

    Read our Street Trading Policy

  5. Legislation

  6. Validity and renewals

    A licence or consent is valid for a period of 12 months from the date on which it is granted.

  7. Complaints

    Contact Licensing in the first instance

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