Market trading licence

Hackney’s market stalls sell everything from fresh fruit, vegetables and street food to clothing, jewellery and homewares. There are more than 600 pitches in the 6 different markets.

All the markets have particular specialties. Each market has officers who give advice and support to new and existing traders. See fees and charges for more information on costs.

View trading opportunities in Hackney’s markets.

Who needs a market trading licence?

You need a licence if you want to sell goods and commodities in our markets or want to serve food or drink in those places. You can apply to trade at different markets.

You can have permanent or temporary market licences, although some of our markets only have temporary licences (Chatsworth Road, Well Street) and other street trading sites (miscellaneous sites).

View the markets and street trading handbook.

Before you apply

Before you can apply for a permanent licence, you need to have had a temporary licence for 6 months. 

You need to renew a permanent licence at the end of each financial year and a temporary licence every 6 months.

For more information see street trading licence (markets) terms and conditions.

Apply for / renew a temporary or permanent market trading licence

If you apply online for your market trading licence or renewal, you get a £10 discount on your application. You can only pay by debit or credit card.

Please ensure that you don’t close the window once you have made payment as there is one final step after the payment screen.

If you’re are applying for the first time, you can only apply for a temporary licence. Temporary licences last 6 months. After that, you can either renew your temporary licence or apply for a permanent licence.

If you used to have a permanent licence but have not traded for a period of time, and your licence has expired, you can re-apply for a temporary licence. Please note that Chatsworth Road, Well Street and other street trading sites (miscellaneous sites) only have temporary licences.

To get 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.

Apply for a licence Renew your licence

Please make sure you have all the supporting documents before applying.

After you apply

Applications are reviewed and are processed within 10 working days. If you’re unsuccessful, we will 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. If this is required we will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.

Renewal applications are reviewed to ensure all documents have been supplied and are processed within 7 working days.

Apply / renew by post

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

By post or in person: Markets and Street Trading Office, Unit 2ii, Kingsland Shopping Centre, Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2LX 

By 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 or assistant

Market traders 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 may have up to 4 assistants, one of whom can be registered as a manager.


Registering vehicles at Hoxton Street and Ridley Road markets

For both Ridley Road and Hoxton Street markets, there’s a vehicle exemption list which allows traders to enter the market during permitted unloading times without receiving a parking penalty charge notice (PCN).

Each trader may have up to 2 vehicles registered at any one time.

Page updated on: 17 April 2020

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