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Guidance for applying for Outer Zone street trading consent

When your new or renewal application is received by the Street Trading Officer, it first has to go through a consultation process, which takes up to 28 days. To trade during this time without the benefit of a Street Trading Consent is an offence which may result in you being reported for Enforcement action.

Please use the following as reference when completing the application form.

1. Personal details

This section requires you to provide details of the applicant and their contact details for the Consent. The Consent holder MUST take an active part in the running of the business.

2. Proposed location of trading

The City and County of Swansea has split its trading areas into two separate areas, The INNER Zone (City Centre) and OUTER Zone (All other land within the Authorities area.

All new applicants to trade in the OUTER Zone must provide the EXACT location where you intend to trade, be it for a static pitch or mobile trading. A map indicating your proposed location is required identifying your proposed trading pitch or trading area.  You must also indicate if you intend to trade on Public or Private land. If on Private land you are required to obtain written permission from the landowner and submit with the application.

If you are intending to trade from a Pitch, be it on Public or Private land, for more than 3 hours per day and for more than 28 days per year, you will be required to apply for planning. Evidence of applying for planning must be provided as part of your application (the name of who you have submitted your application too or date submitted). Failure to do so will delay the issuing of your Consent.

3. Requested dates and times of consent

The minimum time you can apply for Consent is 3 months to a maximum of 12 months. Consideration will be given to day Consents to work at Fetes, Carnivals or events, but the fee will be a month's fee.

You must indicate your intended days and proposed times of trading.

4. Type of goods

You must list ALL the type of goods to be sold. Do not be too general in listing the type of goods.

5. Method of street trading

This requires details of the type of vehicle, stall etc you intend to use together with the vehicle registration, or in the case of a catering van etc. the registration of the vehicle being used to tow it. You are required to indicate the dimensions of the vehicle / or pitch either in metric or imperial measurement, but be clear which you are using when you enter the details on the application.

6. Food traders

There are specific requirements relating to the sale of food:

The legal requirement to register your food business is found in Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs.

You are required to register your food business with the local authority in whose area the vehicle is stored when not in use. You are required to state which authority you are registered with, what date you registered with them.

On a separate sheet of paper answer the questions 6a to 6i and submit as part of your application.

7. Information in support of the application

7a. If you hold or have held a Street Trading Consent / Licence in any other Authority, you are required to provide those details.
7b. Detailed quantities and storage facilities of any liquefied petroleum gas or other fuel you intend to use as part of your trading is required.
7c. You are required to provide details of any arrangements you intend to make to prevent the discharge of solid or liquid refuse.
7d. If you intend to employ assistants, you are required to provide their name, address, date of birth and 2 x passport sized pictures before they start working for you for the production of an ID badge for them to be worn whilst trading.

8. Bank details

You need to provide the bank details which will be used to pay your Street Trading Fees, if paying in full or on receipt of an invoice, we still require your bank details, should you fail to make payment of your fees for our Legal Department.

You will also be required to submit a completed Direct Debit form supplied with your Street Trading application.

9. Declaration

The applicant for the Street Trading Consent is to sign and date the application.

Additional information

If handing in the application to the Reception, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea they will check your application against the appropriate checklist on page 4 of the application. Any missing parts then the application will be given back to you to provide ALL required parts to the application. Alternatively if you are sending by post please make sure you have all the relevant documents or proof of applying for them and a completed application form or all will be returned to you until you can provide a completed application pack. Sending by post, please use the Registered Letter facility at the post office, if any application goes missing then we will have a trace, through your receipt of when submitted and who signed for the post

Only ALL new applicants need to apply for a Police National Computer check (PNC).  You must apply for a Police National Computer check (PNC) online from Disclosure Scotland. A copy of the receipt provided to you when submitted your PNC to be submitted with the application and then then a copy of your PNC must be provided before Consent can be issued.

Please remember that ALL APPLICATIONS can take up to 28 days to go through the Consultation Process. To trade during this time without the benefit of a Street Trading Consent is an offence which may result in you being reported for Prosecution


The Authority is under a duty to protect Public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing and administering public funds for these purposes. For further information, please see National Fraud Initiative - Fair Processing notice

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