Barrow Borough Council operates a consent scheme for street trading. This means that you have to obtain a Street Trading Consent from Public Protection Services before you can trade within the Borough.
All streets in the Borough have been designated as Consent Streets. Limited street trading is allowed in Barrow Town Centre.
Applying for a street trading consent
Consents are issued subject to a set of standard conditions, generally for a period of one year and are not transferable. The consents are renewable at the expiry of the consent period, unless a trader ceases to exist trading.
An application form stating the name and address of the applicant together with other relevant information must be completed and forwarded to Public Protection Services together with the appropriate fee.
Any applications made for consented areas must be considered by members of the Licensing Committee and would only be deemed suitable if they satisfy the following criteria:
- Attracting more visitors to the town
- Enhancing the street scene
- Providing entertainment
- Complementing existing businesses
Typical examples of the type of street trading which may be allowed on the Town Square include craft fairs, specialist food fairs, vehicle displays, promotions and fairground entertainment associated with special events. It is not intended that fast food sales will be allowed.
Street trading consents are not issued for late night fast food sales. Specific conditions are also attached to individual consents.
It is illegal to sell goods in the street without a street trading consent however there are specific exemptions for sales of newspapers and periodicals. If you become aware of traders operating without a street trading consent or are concerned about street traders please contact the Licensing Team in Public Protection Services using the contact details below.
Licence Application / Renewal Forms can be obtained from Licensing Team and require a fee. All forms must be returned to Public Protection Services with the appropriate fee.
Link to application forms
You may also apply on-line for Street Trading Consent.
Link to fees and charges information.
Report Illegal Street Trading
You can report Illegal Street Trading online using our forms service.
For further information please contact:
Public Protection Services,
Barrow Borough Council,