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Illegal street trading and repairs

It is illegal to trade, sell or repair vehicles on the public highway or other public places without the appropriate Council trading licence.

Report illegal street trading and illegal vehicle sales and repairs

Use this form to report illegal street trading and illegal vehicle sales and repairs

Report illegal street trading

Please let us know:

  • the location of the street trading
  • the nature of business
  • the type of obstruction of the highway (tables, stands, etc)
  • the times of trading, and how long the street trading has been going on
  • who might be responsible (trade name of business, etc)

Illegal vehicle repairs and sales

Some mechanics and businesses use the public highway as an extension of their garages and for vehicle sales.

This can cause nuisance to local residents and it takes up valuable car parking spaces. Repairing vehicles on the street can also look unsightly, lead to damage of the local environment and present a danger to passers-by.

If you need to report illegal vehicle repairs and sales, please try to get the following information:

  • number of people involved
  • descriptions of vehicles involved (used or repaired)
  • how often it is occurring
  • type(s) of vehicles involved
  • registration details
  • numbers of vehicles for sale

How we manage illegal street trading and illegal vehicle repairs and sales

In cases of unlicensed street trading, materials can be seized, including perishable items, and offenders can be prosecuted or issued with a £150 fixed penalty fine.

In cases of breaches of the conditions of street trading licences, offenders may be prosecuted or issued with a £100 penalty.

Officers will investigate reports of illegal vehicle repairs or sales, to determine whether it causes annoyance, or is part of a business illegally operating on the public highway.

Page updated on: 25 June 2019

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