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Market operator licence

A licence is required to operate any private market. "Private Market"; means a market, whether covered or not, carried on by any person other than a local or public authority; at which goods are offered by more than one seller for sale by retail to the public.

View the  guidance note on market operators licences (PDF) [26KB]  for more information and exemptions.

If you are a current licence holder and wish to vary your licence, please view the Guidance note for a material change in circumstances (PDF) [3KB]  and complete the Material Change in Circumstances application form (PDF) [119KB] . The application fee is £71.

Discount for Market Operator Licence in Some Circumstances 

If you are a charitable organisation, community organisation, voluntary or not-for profit organisation and have a Public Entertainment Licence and or Market Operator Licence you may be eligible for a discount on your next fee in some circumstances.  Please call the Licensing Department on (01738) 475180 or email

How much does a licence cost?

The application fee payable depends on the length of licence that you want.  A one year licence is £219 and a three year licence is £291.

The fees change every year so check with the licensing office before you send payment.

How do I apply?

Apply online

If you have difficulty applying online please contact the Licensing Department on (01738) 475180.

What happens if the Council fails to make a decision on my application within 9 months?

The licence will be granted or renewed.

Last modified on 06 February 2024

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