How do I apply to become a street trader?


Apply online for a street trading licence 

Paper Application

Print out and complete the forms below. Cheques are payable to ‘Mid Sussex District Council’.

Please note: If you intend to trade in East Grinstead (London Road, High Street, Railway Approach) please contact East Grinstead Town Council –

Fees: Street Trading fees


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
  • Comply with all conditions attached to a licence
  • Be over 17 years of age

Licences will be refused if:

  • Trading causes interference or inconvenience to street users
  • You wish to trade for less than any minimum required trading days
  • You have certain previous convictions
  • You have failed to pay fees due under another street trading licence or have failed to use a previous street trading licence

Will 'tacit consent' apply?


It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. Please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page if you do not hear from us within 28 days. 

More information: ‘Tacit consent’ means you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your licence/permit within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.

Make a complaint

We advise you to write a letter to the trader. Make sure you get proof of delivery.

If this doesn't work please contact:

UK: Consumer Direct
Outside the UK: Contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Trading restrictions

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:

Licensed street
Where street trading is prohibited without a licence granted by the District Council.

Prohibited street
Street trading is prohibited.

Consent street
Street trading is prohibited without the consent of the District Council.

The following streets have been given the following designations:

Licensed streets

East Grinstead:

  • Railway Approach
Prohibited streets

Haywards Heath:

  • Wivelsfield Road

East Grinstead:

  • Station Road

Burgess Hill:

  • London Road
  • Civic Way
  • Queen Elizabeth Avenue


  • Land to North and East of the Devils Dyke Inn, Dyke Road


  • Lay-by on A264 Copthorne Way, Copthorne, running West to East
Consent streets

Contact us


Last updated: 01 April 2024