Pavement trading

Trading from the pavement outside retail premises is illegal unless you own the land or have a licence. Redbridge Council can grant licences for this activity in certain streets within the Borough. View the list of streets available for pavement trading (PDF 53KB). All licences are subject to our Pavement Trading Policy (PDF40 KB).

Types of goods

Consideration will be given to the proximity of traders and type of goods traded, to ensure that the amenities of the area are not compromised by excessive trading.

Licences will not be issued for the following goods:

  • new and used cars
  • new and used motorcycles
  • second hand gas and electrical appliances
  • second hand clothes
  • pets and livestock
  • containers of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) including any which are part or fully discharged
  • explosives including shop goods (fireworks)
  • petroleum products including petroleum mixtures or solvents

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Pavement sites (goods) outside shops

Fees are calculated on a weekly basis at £8.00 per square metre with a minimum fee per site, equivalent to 4 square metres, of £32.

  • 26 weeks = £832
  • 12 months = £1,664


  • large = 25 square metres plus
  • medium = 5 square metres to 25 square metres
  • small = less than 5 square metres

Tables and chairs


12 months

12 months

12 months

6 months

6 months

6 months








Band A - Ilford







Band B - Other district








Band C - All other areas








Other fees (promotional events)



Community use pitch 24A (for council events, charitable organisation events)


As let town centre market events (use of community pitch)

£20.52 per stall per day

As requested town centre commercial events

£77 per day

£257 per week

(Mon to Sun)

Assistants licence


Issue of duplicate licence (full or assistants)


Only street trading activities which promote Ilford and which are in accordance with the Council's existing street trading policy will be prescribed in any street trading licence granted in respect of that part of the licence street situated in the area of the pedestrian precinct from 113-187 and 88-178 High Road, Ilford.


Payment for pavement licences is centralised with our Payments and Benefits service. Do not enclose payment with your application, you will be sent an invoice within 14 days of receipt.

Do not send any payment to our offices in Lynton House as it will be returned and may delay your application. Your new licence will not be issued until we receive confirmation of payment from Payments and Benefits.

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