Free printed matter distribution licence

Leaflets, flyers and other free printed matter

If you want to hand out or distribute free printed matter such as flyers and leaflets you need our permission under Schedule 3A of the Environment Protection Act 1990.

The permssion applies to designated streets in the borough which are listed in table below.

How to apply

To apply:

  • read the terms and conditions
  • complete and return a signed copy of the application form with payment by cheque or debit/credit card

When you complete the form, bear in mind:

  • you will only be allowed to stand at an agreed location on the street so be specific about the exact location where you would like to distribute
  • to avoid obstruction, you won't be able to distribute materials within 25 meters of tube station entrances or by pedestrian crossings - any affected streets are highlighted blue in the table below

We need to receive your application 14 days before you start distributing. You can fast track your application for an additional charge.

Fees and charges

Fee and charges for distribution of free literature licences (zero VAT)From April 2020
Standard application fee for each site for 1 distributor for up to 1 month (A site is a street)£207.90
Short notice application fee for each site for 1 distributor for up to 1 month£251.30
Additional fee for application over 1 month (£ per month)£11.10
Each additional distributor at each site£29.40
Administration charge for alterations to licences which have already been issued (including the replacement of licences and/or distributors permit IDs)£44.60
New charge from April 2018
For Newspaper distributors outside underground stations only – placement of paper distribution containers to be used only during licence operational period in partnership with a distributor (£ per month)

Application fees are non-refundable. We make every effort approve all applications, including recommending alternative distribution locations, and times and dates, as appropriate.

Designated streets for distributing free printed matter

Basil Street

Gloucester Walk

North Pole Road

Beauchamp Place

Golborne Road

Notting Hill Gate
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Blenheim Crescent (Portobello Rd to Ladbroke Grove)

Hans Crescent
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Old Brompton Road
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Bramley Road

Hans Road

Pembridge Road

Brompton Road
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Harrington Road

Pimlico Road (Holbein Place to Sloane Street)

Bute Street

Holland Park Avenue
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Portobello Road

Chelsea Embankment

Kensington Church Street

Sloane Square
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Chelsea Bridge Road

Kensington High Street
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Symons Street

Cromwell Road ( junction with Exhibition Road)

Kensington Park Road (Elgin Crescent to Westbourne Park Rd)

Thackeray Street

Derry Street

Kenway Road

Thurloe Place

Earls Court Road
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King's Road

Thurloe Street
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Elgin Crescent (Ladbroke Grove to Portobello Road)

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Walton Street

Exhibition Road

Ladbroke Grove
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Warwick Road
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Fulham Road

Latimer Road
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 Wellington Square

Gloucester Road
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Lower Sloane Street

 Westbourne Grove

Find out more

If you need any more information or guidance about applications contact us on 020 7361 3001 or email

Last updated: 17 April 2020