Street Trading

All streets within the conurbations of Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City and Royston are 'consent' streets. It is further resolved to make the arterial roads within the District of North Hertfordshire 'consent' streets but with trading limited to laybys only. Streets in the rural villages remain undesignated.

In order to sell goods to the public from a consent street you must obtain a street trading consent from the Council.

It is the Council's intention to maximise the opportunity for street trading within the four towns, but to do so in accordance with its Street Trading Policy (see bottom of page).

Our policy is to oppose all street trading other than from areas approved by the Council, where highway safety will not be impaired. For such sites a trader's licence must be obtained from the appropriate Council.


Please note that some lay-bys within the district are deemed to be unsuitable sites due to safety grounds where there is no segregation between the lay-by and the live carriageway.

Whilst the Licensing authority will consider each application on its merits, if an application is received for any of the following locations, the likelihood is that the application will be refused.

The lay-bys that are deemed unsuitable are located on the A505 Offley East and West Bound between Luton and Hitchin and also lay-bys located on A505 Royston between Tesco's roundabout and McDonalds Roundabout.

The policy applies to trading in all consent streets and private property adjacent to a consent street where the public have a right of access e.g. a supermarket car park.

Persons who wish to trade must apply for a 'consent' using the application forms below and send them together with the appropriate fee  (cheques made payable to North Hertfordshire District Council) to NHDC Licensing and Enforcement, PO BOX 480, M33 0DE. Applicants must also supply a passport size photograph taken within the last twelve months that has been signed and dated on the reverse by the applicant. Applications will be considered in accordance with the Council's Street Trading Policy, but applicants should be aware that if an application is rejected, there is no right of appeal.

Persons who wish to trade in the streets in the town centre of North Hertfordshire may alternatively approach the relevant town centre manager who may have been given a wider 'consent' for the street or private premises under his/her control. In these circumstances, the town centre manager would administer the process and with the exception of trading by 'not for profit' organisations, receive a fee.

Successful applicants will be expected to comply with the conditions of a consent to trade at all times.

The payment of fees by direct debit is available once the initial payment has been received and the consent to trade has been granted.

All applicants are encouraged to read the policy prior to making their applications. If you have any questions please contact us.

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