Street Trading

If you wish to trade on a consent or licensed street, you will need to obtain a consent or licence from Mid Sussex District Council.

Licence fees and registration charges

How do I apply?

Apply Online

Paper Application

If you do not have a credit/debit card, please  print out the form below and return to the Licensing Team enclosing a cheque for payment (made payable to Mid Sussex District Council). 
If you are intending to trade at East Grinstead Farmers Market, a fee is not required.

For fees, please see Environmental Health Licences and Registrations charges.

You should hear from us within 28 days, if you do not please contact or phone 01444 477419.

Further information

In 2001 the Council passed resolutions restricting street trading in certain roads and streets throughout the Mid Sussex District Council area.  There are three types of restriction and they are as follows:

(i)         A "licensed street" means a street where street trading is prohibited without a licence granted by the District Council.

(ii)        A "prohibited street" means a street in which street trading is prohibited.

(iii)       A "consent street" is a street in which street trading is prohibited without the consent of the District Council.

The following streets have been given the following designations -

(a) Licensed Street:                 
Railway Approach, East Grinstead.

(b) Consent Streets:                  
Lay-by on A264 Copthorne Way, Copthorne, running East to West
The Broadway, Haywards Heath
Commercial Square, Haywards Heath
Sussex Road, Haywards Heath
Station Road, Burgess Hill
Keymer Road, Burgess Hill
Christopher Road, East Grinstead
Little King Street, East Grinstead
London Road, East Grinstead
High Street, East Grinstead 
King Street, East Grinstead
South Road, Haywards Heath
Church Road, Burgess Hill
Church Walk, Burgess Hill
Station Road, Burgess Hill
Keymer Road, Burgess Hill

(c) Prohibited Streets:        
Lay-by on A264 Copthorne Way, Copthorne, running West to East
Land to North and East of the Devils Dyke Inn, Dyke Road, Poynings
Station Road, East Grinstead.
Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath
London Road, Burgess Hill
Civic Way, Burgess Hill
Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Burgess Hill

Licence Summary

To apply:

  • You must provide specific information, including details of the street you wish to trade on and the days and times you wish to trade.
  • You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence
  • You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence

Eligibility Criteria

Licences will be refused if any of the following grounds exist:

  • there isn't enough space in the street you wish to trade in, without causing interference or inconvenience to street users
  • you wish to trade for less days than any minimum required trading days
  • you are unsuitable to hold a licence due to any previous convictions or for other reasons
  • you have previously failed to pay fees due under another street trading licence or have failed to use a previous street trading licence

Application Evaluation Process

The Council will contact you if they intend to refuse the application, grant it on different terms than those applied for, confine trading to a particular place in a street, vary conditions of a licence or revoke a licence.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact, or phone 01444 477419.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.