Street trader's licence

Conditions of licence

1. While trading, you must wear the ID badge we have issued you. You must display the ID badge on your outer clothes so that all the writing on it can be read and the photograph can be clearly seen.  You must show the ID badge to anyone who asks to see it. The ID badge will include your name and licence number, a recent passport-sized photograph and the date on which the licence runs out. We will only issue the ID badge when you have given us the relevant deposit. You must show the ID badge if asked to by any customer, police officer, environmental services officer, consumer protection officer, inspector of weights and measures or any other officer we have authorised.

2. You must always carry your licence with you when you are trading. The licence should always be clean and easy to read. You must show your licence when asked to by any consumer protection officer, any of our authorised officers, any inspector of weights and measures, any shops inspector, any members of our environmental health service, any police officer or any such officer we may authorise (they will show you their ID badge or written evidence that we have authorised them to carry out that role). You must allow the officer, inspector, police or other officer to take the details from your licence.

3. You must not allow anyone else to use your licence or ID badge.

4. You must not in any way change or damage your licence or ID badge. If asked, you must take your licence or ID badge (or both) to your local office for them to check.

5. If you want to sell food or drinks, you must not store the food and drink in any property or other place or vehicle until it has been approved by the executive director of community resources for that purpose.

6. If you use a vehicle for trading, you must not allow the vehicle to stand on or less than 16 metres from any pedestrian crossing.

7. If the licence allows you to sell from a fixed structure (that is, not moving), in any place in any street, the structure must be easy to take down and remove quickly. If you use these stalls for selling food, they must contain facilities for properly cleaning and sterilising all equipment used in this way, to a standard the executive director of community resources is happy with. You must, at all times, keep to the conditions of the Food Safety Act 1990, and any regulations made under that act.

8. When using a kiosk, vehicle or moveable structure, you must make sure that the kiosk, vehicle or moveable structure is working properly and in a safe and clean condition.

9. You must collect and remove any paper, rubbish or other waste which may be produced or build up while you are trading. You must not drop or leave any waste on any street, pavement or footway. If you are trading at a particular public place for more than five minutes, you must provide a litter bin or other container for people to get rid of their paper, rubbish or other waste.

You must also:

  • do everything possible to make sure that all waste you produce as a result of your business as a street trader is:
    • stored only in containers the executive director of community resources has approved
    • transferred only to an authorised waste collector, after you have filled in the appropriate documents for this to take place
  • make sure that you do not store waste on public roads or footpaths
  • remove any waste bins or containers from the public road or footpath as soon as they have been emptied
  • keep the area in front of the structure or vehicle free of litter

10. When trading, you must keep yourself and your clothing clean. If you receive a written notice, signed by the executive director of community resources or by a member of their staff, which says your clothing or appearance is not suitable, you must stop trading until you improve your appearance or clothing to a standard the executive director of community resources is happy with or until the notice is withdrawn. We will record these notices in a register and make the register available during normal office hours for the public to inspect.

11. You must keep to any order or instruction any police officer gives you:

  • to avoid creating obstacles or annoying the public
  • in connection with any emergency or disturbance
  • at any time when the police officer considers it in the public interest to give the order or instruction

12. If you change your address, you must, within 14 days of the change, contact your local office and arrange for them to update your licence details. If you fail to do this within 14 days, you will be breaking this condition of your licence.

13. You must not, at any time, use any loudspeaker, horn, whistle or other device to advertise your trade or business between the hours of 7pm and 9am.

14. You must not employ anyone who does not hold a street trader’s licence.

15. You must not trade at any premises without getting the owner’s permission.

16. If you use a vehicle, kiosk or moveable structure, you must, if asked to (we will send you notice in writing), allow us to inspect it at any time and place we set.

17. You must not trade in front of, opposite or close to the window of any shop or business premises, or close to the window of any shop or business premises, unless the owner or tenant of the shop or business premises has given you their permission to do so.

18. If you stop working for any part of the period your licence applies to, or if your licence has run out, you must, within seven days, tell us and take your ID badge, licence and plate (if appropriate) to your local office. Once you have done this, we will consider you to have given up your licence under paragraph 13(1) of schedule 1 to the 1982 act. If you do not do this within seven days, you will be breaking this condition of your licence. If you do not work as a street trader for more than three months of the period the licence applies to, we will consider you to have given up the licence under paragraph 13(1), whether or not you have taken the licence to your local office.

19. It is a condition of the grant of this licence that licence holder does not at any point sell Sectarian Goods or any Paramilitary Goods including without prejudice to the foregoing generality any goods associated with any Paramilitary Organisation referred to in Part 11 and Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

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