Street Trading

MK Council regulates street trading via consent and prohibited streets under powers adopted from the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. You can view the policy here: Street Trading Policy 2019 - 2022 (PDF, 331KB).

Prohibited Streets

Prohibited streets do not permit any street trading within 60 metres of the centre markings of the road - for more information on these streets here: Prohibited Streets List (PDF, 156KB)

New applicants wishing to trade on Consent Streets

If you wish to trade on or within 60 metres of a Consent Street Consent street, you may apply to get a permit to do so.

Fees can be paid in two parts. The first part is an application fee of £587.10.  The second part (when the consultation finishes) must be paid to receive the final street trading consent permit.  This second amount is based on how many hours you are applying for.  A fee table is provided on the application forms.

Your application will be subject to a 28 day consultation period then, if granted, you will be able to apply for further hours through the variation arrangements. 

View the Consent Streets List (PDF, 3.6MB) 

New applicants can apply to trade up to three hours per day only.  Your application will be subject to a 28 day consultation period and if granted you will be able to apply for further hours through the variation arrangements. 

New applicants wishing to trade on a consent street can do so by submitting an application using the Consent Street Application Form (PDF, 116KB).  

All new applicants and customer-facing staff must complete a Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration form  (PDF, 46KB) which must be accompanied by a basic criminal record check, please see the guidance notes on the declaration form.

Borough wide street trading consents (e.g. ice cream and coffee vans)

Some traders will want to apply for borough wide street trading consent. Typical examples of this would be ice cream traders, mobile coffee and snack vans and fish and chip vans. Borough wide consent will permit a trader to visit multiple consent locations to trade for up to 20 minutes at a time. The trader would then need to move at least 100m further on before stopping to trade again.

Fees for borough wide street trading consent are the same as the usual street trading consent and can be found on the Boroughwide Consent Application Form (PDF, 116KB)

All new applicants and customer-facing staff must complete a Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration form  (PDF, 46KB) which must be accompanied by a basic criminal record check, please see the guidance notes on the declaration form.

Increasing trading hours on your consent permit

Existing street traders may only apply for a variation of hours after a period of 21 days trading has occurred - you apply using the following form: Variation to Street Trading Consent application form (PDF, 74KB)

Variation applications are subject to a 28 day consultation.

Transferring a street trading consent to another operator

If you wish to transfer your existing street trading consent to a new operator you can apply using the following form: Transfer of Street Trading Consent (PDF, 95KB)

Transfer applications are subject to a 28 day consultation period.  Transfer applicants and any of their customer facing staff must complete a Disclosure of Convictions and declaration form (PDF, 46KB) which must be accompanied by a basic criminal record check, please see the guidance notes on the declaration form.

If you wish to transfer your existing consent to a new vehicle or food mobile only, you can apply using the following form: Transfer Consent Permit to New Vehicle or Food Mobile (PDF, 89KB)

Please return completed application forms to the address shown in the contacts section at the top of this page.

Other guidance

You can find out more about street trading by reading the Street Trading Brief

You must contact the following departments, agencies or land owner to ensure you have permission to trade on any particular piece of land:

  • Highways - 01908 252700
  • Estates - 01908 252353
  • Parks Trust - 01908 255374

Any other street in Milton Keynes (not on or within 60 metres of a consent or prohibited street), will not be regulated under Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.  However you must ensure that you have the permission of the land owner.

For information about regulations go to: Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

Is the licence granted if you do not hear from the council? (Licensing Authority)

No. You must have consent from us to ensure that standards are met and to protect the public.  We will process your application before the licence is granted within the target time of 56 days.  If you have not heard from us after this time has elapsed please contact us at Licensing@Milton-Keynes.gov.uk 

Trading food

If you are trading food, you will also have to complete a registration for a food business establishment. More information can be found at the following page  How to Register a Food Business Establishment

If you wish to trade after 11pm you will have to apply for a premises licence.  This would allow you to sell food at a particular location for a determined period of time. 

Business waste

Waste generated from a business needs to be disposed of correctly. We would expect you to hold a commercial waste contract or an appropriate, similar provision. 

Public register 

For a list of current street traders in Milton Keynes, view our Street Trading Public Register (PDF, 11KB)

Last Updated: 21 October 2020