Apply to hold a market or fair

  1. Summary

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

    We class a market as a 'concourse of buyers and sellers' with five or more trading spaces (eg: 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 need 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 before the date of your market.

  2. Important information

    You should read the Market Rights Policy before you apply for a licence.

    You also need to read the Real Deal National Market's charter available on the Real Deal website.

  3. Fees

    See the pricing guidance

  4. Application and guidance notes

    Apply for a Market Rights Licence

  5. Attachments required

    You'll need to upload a layout plan of the market, this can be a scan of your hand drawn plan 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; normally within 14 days. If the application is not complete we'll tell you - as soon as possible - of any actions required, but the 14 day timescale will only start once 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 if you're applying for a permanent market - which might mean that the consideration period is more than 14 days.

    If your application is not 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.

  7. Legislation

  8. Complaints

    Contact us in the first instance at

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