Street trading is classified into a number of categories and covers land to which the public have access without payment. This includes car parks and streets, parks and all adjacent paved or grassed areas, whether they are on private or public land. It is illegal to trade without a consent or licence.

Street Trading Policy

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

Ashford Town Market – Street Trading Licence

Ashford Town MarketA street trading licence applies to those wishing to trade on market days on Ashford Town Market (Lower High Street) which operates every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between 9am-3pm. A pitch fee will also apply, which is based upon your pitch size. 

We are currently welcoming new applications from traders offering the following goods/services:

  • Fishmonger
  • Footwear
  • Books

If you are interested in trying out a stall at Ashford Town Market we would first recommend that you visit the market to see it for yourself and speak with the existing traders prior to emailing the Licensing team to find out more.

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

New and renewal licences will incur a fee of £77.00, and prior to trading you will be required to set-up a direct debit for the pitch fees which are collected by monthly direct debit.

Other Street Trading – Street Trading Consent

For trading at other locations an application, fee, public liability insurance certificate, and proof of your permission to trade at the location from the landowner will be required.

Food mobiles

Static consents will be for those wishing to trade at the same location, more than twice a week and/or for more than four hours a day. This licence is likely to require planning permission, which will also need to be supplied on application for a consent.

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

The following council operated pitches are in operation:

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 not more four hours a day, then this is the appropriate permission. A separate consent is required for each location traded in. This type of consent will not usually require planning permission.

A new static/short term static application [pdf] 352KB will incur a fee of £102.00 plus £26.00 per site thereafter (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 are £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

For those trading at different locations in the borough for no longer than 20 minutes a hawker's licence will be applicable.

A new hawker application [pdf] 398KB will incur a fee of £77.00.

Contact us

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

Street Trading FAQs
Questions Answers
Do I need public liability insurance for street trading?  Yes, to cover £2m.
Where can I trade from my burger van?  You can locate a private site but you will need 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?  The only lay-bys you could be permitted to trade in are already occupied. 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 a sandwich van?  A hawker licence (trading no longer than 20 minutes in the same location)

Application form, fee, public liability insurance £2m.

How can I trade as a fish and chip van?  Short term static consent but email licensing 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 a stall cost at Ashford Town Market? There is an annual licence fee but you can pay the fee for the first month before going to the annual licence. Refer to website.
Pitch fees are payable at £1 per foot Ashford 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
Do you run the market in Tenterden High Street? No, this is run by Tenterden Town Council
Do I need a licence for a boot fair? No.