The Licensing Authority have adapted their street trading policy in order to assist local traders to bounce back from the strain caused by COVID-19. To enable this, the council has established a new fast track street trading licence.
This licence has been created to speed up the process for new applications made during this unprecedented period for those premises who wish to start street trading.
All Fast Track Street Trading Licences will last for a maximum period of 3 months.
The standard terms and conditions for street trading licences will still apply to these licences. Additional conditions may be attached on any licence granted by the licensing team on a case by case basis where appropriate.
Please note that despite all fast track street trading licences being issued for a maximum period of 3 months, premises covered by the proposed Planning and Business Bill may be eligible for an extension of their licence period once it has been made Law. The proposed Bill will cover premises that sell food and drink to members of the public. We will contact all the Fast Track Street Trading Licences holders that this Bill affects, once the act has been passed
Any premises that does not sell food or drink to members of the public and that wishes to continue street trading after their interim 3 month licence expired, would have to apply for a new temporary street trading licence which can last for a maximum of 6 months.
Apply for a fast track street trading licence (PDF 0.4MB)
Who can get a fast track street trading licence
You must meet the follow criteria to be able to apply:
- The trader must not have been or be in the process of being prosecuted by the licensing authority for unlicensed street trading activities.
- Have not had a street trading revoked by the London Borough of Barnet’s Licensing Authority
- Have enough space on the public highway to enable them to place their display of goods or tables and chairs leaving a minimum of 2 metres between the trading area and the curb (or any street furniture)
- Have Public Liability Insurance cover in place for the premises
The cost of a Fast Track Street Trading Licences is £180.
This fee is split into two payments. The initial £100 non-refundable application fee must be paid at the time that the application has been submitted. The second payment of £80 will need to be paid at the end of the application process before the licence can be issued to you. Failure to pay either of these installments will result in you not being granted a licence.
Documents you must supply with your application
The following documents must be supplied to the Licensing Team along with your application in order for them to be able to accept your application:
- Evidence of public liability insurance in respect of anything to be done following the licence as the authority may require
- A plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown
- Evidence of the right to occupy the premises. For example the lease document
- Photos or brochures showing the proposed type of furniture and information on potential siting of it within the area applied
- Evidence that you have displayed the notice of application on the premises (for example photograph)
- Appropriate application fee
Granting the application
Once a valid application has been made for a suitable trader/premises the 5 working day consultation will begin. At the end of the consultation period and as long as no objections to the grant of the licence has been received the application will be deemed granted and the licence issued to you once the issuing fee has been paid.
Should objections to the application be received by the Licensing Team during the consultation period a licensing sub committee hearing will be arranged to determine the outcome of the application. This hearing process will delay the potential grant of the application by a minimum of one month.
All street trading licences issued by the Licensing Authority are subject to the London Borough of Barnet’s standard street trading licence conditions. The Licensing Authority may also attach additional conditions to any licence where it is deemed appropriate.