Non-market street trading

Street sites

Street trading is only allowed on sites approved by the Committee. We rarely create new trading sites as the Committee feels that there are sufficient in the borough. 

Existing sites usually have historical associations with a particular family or trader and are unlikely to become vacant. However, if you want to add your name to the waiting list we will inform you if any sites become vacant.

Go on the waiting list for a site

To go on the waiting list please email us at or write to us at Street Trading Office, 72 Tavistock Road, London W11 1AN.

Please include:

  • your name
  • your address
  • what you wish to sell, for example newspapers, fruit & vegetables or flowers
  • any relevant experience

If you are interested in a specific site include details of its location.

We do not allow itinerant trading and we may prosecute anyone found trading illegally in the borough.

Trading from vehicles and vans

Trading from vehicles and vans is prohibited in the Royal Borough.

Ice cream vans

The Royal Borough does not issue licences for ice cream vans. Anybody found trading from an ice cream van in the Royal Borough will be prosecuted for illegal street trading and their vehicle will be confiscated. Offenders will be taken to Court and subject to a Magistrates Court Order. The vehicle can be destroyed or sold. If the condition of the vehicle is dangerous, Police will be called and the vehicle will remain off the road until repaired.

Trading from vehicles

Car valeting by companies who roam from place to place is an offence and is considered to be illegal street trading. The offender can be taken before a Magistrate or a Fixed Penalty Notice can be served. It is also possible for the vehicle to be seized and made the subject of a confiscation order.

Car screen washing is considered to be illegal street trading and as such is an offence.

Mobile advertising boards

The use of mobile boards and hand-held placards advertising things such as goods for sale or premises selling food, is regulated in certain streets in the borough. The list of these streets can be obtained by contacting Streetline on 020 7361 3001 or by email: