Occasional sales licences
An occasional sale is defined as a group of five or more buyers or sellers operating from a site that is not normally licenced for other trading purposes.
Car boot sales will usually fall within this definition. Sales held inside buildings or on a highway are excluded from the definition and do not have to be licensed as occasional sales.
Apply for a licence
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- print, complete and return the application form for occasional sales licence (PDF 327KB) and enclose the appropriate fee by cheque or postal order
- complete and return the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
If payment is not received with the application, we will raise an invoice for the fee due which must be paid before the event.
Applications should be received no later than 21 days before the proposed event.
The fee for an occasional sale licence depends on the number of stalls, vehicles or pitches and is listed in the table below (valid from 1 April 2023):
|Number of stalls/vehicles/pitches||Fee|
|1 - 99||£118|
|100 - 299||£365|
|300 or more||£557|
|Redbridge "good cause"||£12|
The fee should be made payable to the London Borough of Redbridge.
Fire risk assessment
The Fire Safety Order (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005) applies to events and car boot sales.
As part of the planning and ongoing management of events, including car boot sales, a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment should be carried out by a competent fire risk assessor. Where licences are in force, these assessments need to be recorded. Part of this assessment must include the means to stop the spread of fire, water supplies, emergency services access and the safe evacuation of the site if it becomes necessary.
Guidance notes for issuing to organisers and other members of the public are provided.
Please contact us in the first instance. If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal. Appeals are made to the local Magistrates’ Court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you. If that has not worked and you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre
Anyone who is affected by noise or other nuisance associated with an occasional sale can report to our Enforcement Team or call 020 8708 5000.