You need to apply for street trading consent if you want to sell goods or food in any street in Warrington. This includes mobile food sellers, ice cream vans and flower sellers.

There are some exemptions. Please contact us to make sure that an exemption applies to you before you begin trading. 

How to apply

You’ll need to complete an application form and submit the fee and supporting information. You can either apply for a yearly consent or a day consent up to a maximum of six occasions.

You can seek a waiver from the full fee if your nutritional standards meet our criteria. You’ll need to complete a self-assessment form and submit it with your application.

Fees and charges

New application food £502

Final approval fee (upon successful application) £65

New application food (with nutritional discount) £467

New application non-food £467

Day permit £65

Seasonal licence application fee £340

Day permit £65

Seasonal licence application fee £340

Final approval fee (upon successful application) £65

Change of vehicle (sandwich and ice cream vans only) £25


If you trade without consent or don’t meet the conditions of your licence, we’ll take action against you.

Applications received

To make a complaint, please email

Consultation on revised street trading revised policy 2020 - 2025

On 12 December 2011, following consultation, we resolved to adopt Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as they relate to street trading. This policy took legal effect on the 23 January 2012 and delegated approval on 25 March 2013.

The policy seeks to create a street trading environment which complements premise-based trading. It is also sensitive to the needs of residents, provides diversity and consumer choice and enhances the character, ambience and safety of local environments.

However, as the current version of the policy was last updated in 2014 the Licensing Committee considered a review on 8 September 2020, where council recommended several changes.

In summary, these changes relate to:

  • The adoption of further steps to enhance safeguarding
  • The streamlining of some of the administrative processes around the renewal and variation of an application
  • Greater regard to equality and the need to avoid duplication
  • The ability to suspend a licence for poor hygiene and additional controls over waste
  • Trading near schools and the maintenance of the nutritional waiver to promote health and wellbeing

The existing policy has assisted in the maintenance of a robust street trading environment in Warrington. The proposed changes are based on new and emerging operational requirements, which should serve to further strengthen the policy. 

Share your views

We'd like to hear your views or comments about our draft revised street trading policy for 2020 - 2025, and you can get involved in the following ways:

  • Complete the survey online
  • Write to Warrington Borough Council, Licensing, Street Trading Policy, Town Hall, East Annex, Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1UH
  • Email us

Data Protection and Confidentiality

We comply with all legislation governing the protection of personal information, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Any personal information you supply will remain strictly confidential and anonymous and will be held and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. We'll only use your personal information for the purpose for which it has been given.

If you have any concerns or questions about the survey, or require the questionnaire in another language or format including large print, Braille, audio or British Sign Language or require assistance in completing the form, please email, and we'll be happy to help.

Closing date and documents

The closing date for responses is Thursday 17 December 2020, 5.00 pm

Download a copy of the revised draft street trading policy:

Alternatively, you can request a hard copy, including the questionnaire by emailing us.