Street Trading

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If you wish to apply for a street trading consent, please read the street trading policy (299.5 KB) PDF which came into effect on 1st October 2014.

In the first instance, please contact the licensing team for an informal discussion on the process for making an application. Please also read the application form and guidance notes (428.2 KB) PDF (174.9 KB) PDF for clarification on what permissions and supporting documents you will be required to present when making a formal application. 

Important information on street trading

You are advised that the rules for street trading in South Oxfordshire may be different to those followed by other authorities.

General rules

Under traffic and parking regulations, no trading of a fixed nature is allowed on the highway including lay-bys and grass verges. If an obstruction or traffic problem is caused then the Highway Authority have the power to take immediate action. If no such problem is considered to exist, they may leave enforcement action to the relevant district council.

Local rules

  • In South Oxfordshire, street trading is an offence without a street trading consent from the council. 
  • Trading on private land requires the written permission of the landowner.

Mobile food catering

As a food business, you are required to register with the council where food is stored and the council where you propose to operate. You are required to operate your business in accordance with current legislation and will be subject to periodic inspection by your local district council.


Last reviewed: 14 - 04 - 2020

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