Street Trading

Street trading refers to trading on any land where the public have access without payment. This includes: car parks, streets and parks (and their adjacent paved or grassed areas). It is illegal to trade without a consent or licence. Street trading is broken down into a number of different categories.

Street Trading Policy

Our current Street Trading Policy [pdf] 414KB was adopted on 17 May 2018.

Ashford Town Market – Street Trading Licence

Ashford Town MarketYou’ll need a street trading licence if you want to trade on market days on Ashford Town Market (Lower High Street). The market is open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between 9am-3pm. A pitch fee will also apply, which is based upon your pitch size. 

We advise visiting the market and speaking with current traders if you are considering hiring a stall. You can email the Licensing team to find out more.

Applications for Ashford Town Market can be made using the following forms:

New – and renewal – licences cost £77.00. You will need to set-up a direct debit for your pitch fees before you start trading. Fees are collected by monthly direct debit.

Other Street Trading – Street Trading Consent

When trading at other locations throughout the borough there are some additional documents that you have to submit. We require an application, fee, public liability insurance certificate and proof that you have permission to trade at your location from the landowner.

Food mobiles

If you want to trade at the same location more than twice a week and/or for more than four hours a day then you’ll need a static consent. You may also require planning permission for this type of licence. This will need to be supplied on your application for a consent.

A new static/short term static application [pdf] 352KB will cost £212.00 if planning permission has not been applied for and granted. However, if permission is already granted then the fee is £106.50. Renewal applications cost £77.00.

We operate the following pitches:

Council trading pitches
A28 Furners Wood Currently occupied
A28 Great Chart (Tenterden bound) Currently occupied
A28 Great Chart (Ashford bound) Currently occupied
A20 Hothfield (Maidstone bound)  Currently occupied
Recreation Ground Road Car Park, Tenterden Currently occupied
A28 Chilham (Ashford bound) Currently occupied

Short term static consents – Fish and chip vans, etc

If you want to trade at the same location, up to twice a week but for less than four hours a day, then you’ll need a short term static consent. You’ll need a separate consent for each location you trade in. This type of consent doesn’t usually require planning permission.

A new static/short term static application [pdf] 352KB will cost an initial £102.00 plus £26.00 per site afterwards (when submitted at the same time). We will undertake a 28 day consultation process to consider the impact of the application on the local area. Renewal applications cost £77.00.

If it is a static/short term static application on an existing site [pdf] 377KB the fee is £77.00.

Hawker consents – Ice cream/sandwich vans, etc

If you want to trade at various locations in the borough, for no longer than 20 minutes at a time, then you’ll need a hawker’s licence.

A new hawker application [pdf] 398KB will cost £77.00.

Report illegal street trading.

Contact us

Please email the Licensing team if you require any further information.

Where can I trade from my burger van?+

You can locate a private site but you will need both landowner's and planning permission. Email licensing with the details when you have found a potential site. Fees listed on the website.

Can I trade from a lay-by?+

Vacant pitches will be advertised on this page should any become available. We no longer operate a waiting list for these pitches.

What do I need to trade as an ice cream or sandwich van?+

A hawker licence (trading for no longer than 20 minutes in the same location) application form, fee, and public liability insurance of at least £2m.

How can I trade as a fish and chip van?+

Short term static consent. However, email Licensing initially with details of location as a consultation process may be required.

When and where does Ashford Town Market operate?+

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in the Lower High Street.

How much does a stall cost at Ashford Town Market?+

There is an annual licence fee but you can the fee for the first month before moving to the annual licence. Pitch fees are payable at £1 per foot via monthly standing order.

Can I trade every other week at Ashford Town Market?+

No, you have to trade every week.

Do you run the market at Orbital Park?+

No, this is run by Hobbs Parker.