Street Trading

What is Street Trading?

Street trading means selling, exposing or offering for sale any article in a street. The term ‘street’ includes any road, footway or other area to which the public have access without payment in a street that forms part of the public highway and specifically excludes certain areas and streets stated in the policy document.

Exemptions from the need to obtain a Street Trading Consent

Some types of trade are legally exempt from the need to obtain a street trading consent. These include:

  • a person trading under the authority of a pedlars’ certificate granted under the Pedlars Act 1871
  • trade carried out by roundsmen e.g. milkmen
  • trade carried on at a petrol filling station

Street Trading Consents for which fees are not payable

The Council of the Isles of Scilly will not require the payment of fees for the following street trading activities:

  • fetes, carnivals or similar community based and run events
  • non-commercial or charitable events
  • sales of articles by householders on land contiguous with their homes

You can view or download our Street Trading Policy and Application form above. Please note that the Street Trading Policy 2022 is under review.