Isle of Wight Council

Licensing - Street Trading & Charitable Collections

Street Trading

Service Update - Office Closure

The Licensing department will be operating a remote service as of Monday 23 March 2020. 

Jubilee Stores will be closed to the public,  you will not be able to access reception.  Should you need to contact the Licensing team please email your query in the first instance to

An officer will respond to your query as soon as possible.  Please note that if we are experiencing a high level of enquiries then they will be answered in order of priority.

Please ensure that your email contains your full name, address, a telephone number and a brief description of your query in the heading.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by our closure.


Street Trading Information

Anyone intending to sell, expose or offer for sale any article (including a living thing) in any public place on the Isle of Wight must obtain a street trading consent issued by Isle of Wight Council.

This includes advertising the goods for sale. This applies to all current streets/roads, council car parks, recreation grounds and open spaces along with all public parks, gardens, amenity areas, sports areas, play areas and parking bays adopted by the council.

Street trading relates to:   

  • Markets.     
  • Mobile Traders.    
  • Static Traders.

A street trading consent is not required for:       

  • Selling only newspapers and periodicals.      
  • A pedlar*.     
  • Selling goods for charitable purposes (but a street collection permit will be required).

*A pedlar’s certificate is issued by the police. It allows a person to sell goods (usually trinkets, household goods and other handmade objects), travelling on foot from door to door, place to place or town to town.

The Isle of Wight Council’s Street Trading Policy is used by the licensing authority to assist in the determination of applications for a street trading consent. View the current Street Trading Policy, which has been applicable from 1 August 2014. (PDF, 256.66KB, 13 pages).

For trading at a market, applicants should obtain permission from the market organiser to trade at the market, before applying for a street trading consent. Applicants who are granted street trading consents for a market will be expected to abide by the rules of that market as well as conditions attached to the street trading consent.

**Please note that when submitting an application for consent the public liability insurance (PLI) levels that are now required as part of the applications supporting documentation has increased from £5 million to £10 million. The associated Policies will be updated in due course**


A fee must be paid at the time an application is made. The fee covers the cost of administration, inspection and enforcement activity. View the street trading fees and charges  (PDF, 86KB, 1 page). 

Public Register

View the public register of existing licences, consents, permits and registrations

Apply for a Street Trading Consent

There is currently no online application facility available for street trading. 

If you require further clarification please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Department using details in the 'Contact' tab .