Streets in Wirral are designated as either prohibited streets or consent streets for the purpose of street trading.

Street trading within a prohibited street is not allowed under any circumstances. Street trading is only permitted within a consent street when a licence is issued by the council.

Licenses are subject to various checks and may impose conditions.

All other streets are consent streets. Applicants must be aged 17 years or above.


Application for a new licence - £210
Annual fee once application has been approved - £68.50


Apply for a street trading licence

Apply to change an existing licence

Attachments required

  • proof of Public Liability Insurance to the value of £5 Million
  • two passport size portrait photographs or equivalent sized digital images

Processing and timescales

We will aim to deal with your application within 28 days.

Tacit Consent does not apply. You must wait to receive permission.

If you are proposing to sell any foodstuffs, you will need to be registered with the council’s Environmental Health Department.

Legislation and regulations

Failed applications and appeals

There are no grounds for appeal against the council’s decision to refuse a street trading permit. 

Failed applicants should write to the council in the first instance within 7 days of the decision. 

How do I report a problem?

Report a concern about:

  • an application
  • an issued licence
  • street trading in your area

Report a concern