Market trading licence

Hackney has a long history of unique and exciting markets, some of which have been around for hundreds of years. Each market has its own characteristics and certain commodities are more suited to specific markets.

If you’re interested in finding out about which market would suit you best, we recommend visiting each of the markets or street trading sites and talking to the Market Officers on duty.

Markets and street trading sites we operate

Who needs a market trading licence?

You’ll need a street trading licence if you want to sell goods or commodities and food and drink from the road, footpath or any other part of the public highway.

In some circumstances, you’ll need a street trading licence if you’re trading on private land and your pitch is within 7 metres of the public highway (and not within an enclosed premises which the public can access without payment).

View the markets and street trading handbook.

Before you apply

Apply for / renew a temporary or permanent market trading licence

There are 2 main types of street trading licence that you can apply for in Hackney: temporary and permanent.

Temporary licences last for 6 months and pitch fees can only be paid for by debit/credit card over the phone or in person at your market or trading site.

Permanent licences, which last 12 months, are paid for by direct debit and licence holders benefit from reduced pitch fees.

Before you can apply for a permanent licence, you need to have consistently traded with no disciplinary action within that period.

We award a permanent licence based on your trading patterns, commodity and the availability of pitches. and the permanent licence will need to be renewed before the end of each financial year.

Please note those permanent licences will not be renewed if the licence holder is in arrears. Persistent arrears can result in revocation of your licence.

Please make sure you submit all the supporting documents when applying.

If you apply online, you’ll get a £10 discount on your application. You can only pay by debit or credit card.

Apply for a licence Renew your licence

Apply / renew by post

You can apply by post or email, but it is faster, easier and cheaper to apply online.

  • address: Markets and Street Trading Office, Unit 2ii, Kingsland Shopping Centre, Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2LX
  • email:

Printed forms are also available at the above address.

Please make sure you have all the documents before applying. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Registering a manager, assistant or vehicle

If you’re a market trader, you can employ a registered assistant to cover a short period of time each day and for up to 4 weeks holiday a year. Both temporary and permanent traders can have up to 4 assistants, and one of them can be registered as a manager. Managers and assistants are registered for the lifetime of your licence so will not need to be renewed.

After you apply

We review and process applications within 10 working days. If you’re unsuccessful, we’ll explain why or what you need to do to help us process your application.

When making a temporary licence application you may be asked to attend an interview. We’ll contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.

We review renewals (to ensure all documents have been supplied) within 7 working days.

Make a change to an existing licence

Page updated on: 23 February 2021

Markets Service


Unit 2bii Kingsland Shopping Centre
Kingsland High Street
E8 2LX


Opening times

  • Markets office is open for tel enquiries and walk-in appointments, Mon-Fri 7am to 5pm