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Street trading - an overview

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Street trading in the Borough of Rossendale requires a consent from the Council.  The Law provides that any person who trades in a "consent Street" without having obtained the consent of the Council shall be guilty of an offence.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, defines street trading, as the selling or offering for sale any article (including a living thing) in a "street". Anyone wishing to trade in a street within the Borough will be affected, with the following exceptions;

  • A pedlar holding a current Pedlar's certificate and acting as a Pedlar under the authority of the Pedlar's Act 1871.
  • A trader as part of an authorised market or fair.
  • A trader at a petrol station.
  • A person trading in association with an adjoining shop premises.
  • Trading in a trunk road picnic area provided under Section 112 of the Highways Act 1980.
  • Trading as a news vendor, where the only articles sold or offered for sale are newspapers and periodicals.

Street trading is only allowed on certain streets between the hours of 9am to 10pm Monday to Sunday inclusive and is subject to conditions.  With the exception of the named prohibited streets, street trading in any part of the Rossendale Valley will require a street trading consent.

Please note that in respect of noise from ice cream van chimes etc, it is an offence to sound your chimes before 12 noon or after 7.00 p.m.  It is also an offence to sound your chimes in such a way as to give reasonable cause for annoyance. 

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