Trading in parks

We get many enquiries from people wishing to trade in Hackney’s parks – businesses often want to sell ice cream, coffee or other refreshments. Due to the high demand from traders, we are unable to grant licences to everybody. This page answers any queries you may have about trading in our parks.

Can I trade in Hackney’s parks?

Because of the high demand from traders, we are not currently able to grant licences to everyone who wants to trade. We occasionally advertise opportunities to those who have expressed interest in trading in our parks.

I’ve seen a building in a park that I’m interested in. Can I talk to someone about it?

Because of the high volume of interest in our park buildings, if we convert any of them to other uses we would need to advertise the opportunity. We are unable to discuss ideas with individuals at this time. Please register your interest on this page and we will inform you of any opportunities that arise.

How do I get permission to trade?

To enable all traders to have a fair opportunity to trade in our parks, any opportunity will be advertised and open to competition. If you apply and are successful, you would sign a contract and license with the Council.

How do I know when opportunities are available?

Please register your interest on this page and select ‘Business opportunities’. We will write to you if any business opportunities become available.

Where will opportunities be advertised?

We will email you directly if you register your interest on this page. Also, keep an eye on our tenders and contracts page and Hackney Today.

Can I apply to trade at events?

Most events in Hackney are put on by third party organisations, and you will need to contact them directly if you wish to trade at their events:

Can I run personal training in parks?

If you wish to run a personal training service in our parks, you do not currently need a license to trade. Please make sure you don’t cause any damage to the parks, and please choose quieter parks and times of day to operate.

Can I give out sample products?

We occasionally permit this. You will need permission to do so.

I’m interested in running a market in Hackney’s parks

We are not currently advertising any market opportunities in our parks. Please register for updates on this page to hear about any future opportunities.

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Page updated on: 16 April 2021

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