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Luton Borough Council

Street trading - illegal

We oppose all street trading other than those approved by the Council where highway safety will not be impaired

For such sites a trader's licence must be obtained from the appropriate council.
The erection of signs or stalls for the sale of produce within the highway, including grass verges, is illegal. Any unlicensed use of the highway for tables and chairs is an obstruction and may be dealt with by the police.

There are three main types of permission which may have to be obtained before tables and chairs may be placed on a part of the highway:

  • planning permission
  • listed building consent. There is a fee for this and planning approval must have been granted before we will consider an application
  • a¬†licence will be required, from¬†ourselves as the Highway Authority, to put tables and chairs out on a public highway, whether it be on the street or a pavement or a pedestrian area. There is a fee for this, payable before a licence can be issued.
Contact info
Highway services
Luton Council, Central Depot, Kingsway, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8EJ

[email protected]


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