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Update COVID-19

In light of the latest travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines, we would ask that any licensing applications are now emailed or posted to us at our Monaghan Row or Downshire Civic Centre offices.
All correspondence should be emailed to: licensing@nmandd.org
As with all post being received at present, there will be a delay in processing applications. We hope to resolve the delay in processing incoming post in the near future.

Applications For Street Trading on St Patrick's Day in Hill Street Newry

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are inviting applications for street trading at Hill Street, Newry on St Patrick’s Day, Thursday 17 March 2022.

Applications for a Temporary Street Trading License will only be accepted from Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 9am. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 11 February 2022 at 4:00pm. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Street Trading Licences will be granted based upon the ‘criteria for the award of street trading licences’.

Please note there are a limited number of trading spaces available. The application fee is non-refundable regardless of whether your application for a Temporary Street Trading License is successful or not.

How to Apply

A Temporary Street Trading Application Form is available to download here

Completed Application Forms

The completed application form and relevant documentation should be returned to the address below with a cheque or postal order, for the appropriate application fee to be made payable to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Licensing Section
Enterprise Regeneration and Tourism Department
O'Hagan House
Monaghan Row
Newry, BT35 8DJ

For more information please email: licensing@nmandd.org

The Street Trading Act (Northern Ireland) 2001

What is Street Trading?

Street trading is selling any goods, or supplying a service in a street or public place.  A Street Trading Licence is required to sell goods in a public place.

What is Not Street Trading?

The following are some activities, which are not street trading for the purposes of the Street Trading Act:

  • Rounds men such as milk men, bread men, coal men, etc
  • traders who sell items or provide services on a door-to-door basis
  • trading at or adjoining premises used as a petrol filling station
  • trading at or adjoining premises used as a shop – provided it forms part of the business of the premises, and it takes place during the time when the premises are open to the public for business
  • the activity must not obstruct the footpath.

Types of Street Trading

  • stationary – for example, hot food, fish, plants and shrubs, a Stationary Trading Licence is required where the trading is carried out at a fixed location at regular times and days
  • a Stationary Licence is only issued for a site or area, which has been designated for the purposes of street trading
  • ·mobile – for example, ice-cream, a Mobile Trading Licence is required when a trader calls to an area and sells to customers for a short time and then moves on to the next area
  • temporary – for example, festivals
  • a Temporary licence may be issued for 1-7 days.  A total of five Temporary Licences may only be issued to the same trader in any year.

Enforcement Action Against Illegal Traders

Any person trading illegally may be prosecuted with a maximum fine of £1,000 and may have goods seized.

Street Trading Fees

Type of Licence Application Fee (Non-refundable) £ Licence Fee (Including Application Fee) £
Stationary Licence £80 £930
Mobile Licence £80 £320
Temporary Licence £80 £80 for first application
£50 for each subsequent application (maximum of four)
Increase the fee for a double pitch to £130 standard pitch size is 5m x 2 m
Variation £55 n/a

Cheques should be made payable to: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Street Trading Policies

Click here for Temporary Street Trading Policy
Click here for Stationary Licence Policy
Click here for Mobile Licence Policy
Click here for Street Trading Designation Policy
Click here for Enforcement Policy
Click here for Dealing with Changed Circumstances Policy
Click here for Stall Design and Trading Policy

How to Apply

Application forms can be obtained by clicking in the downloads section below or from the Council's Downpatrick or Newry offices at the following addresses:

Newry Office
Licensing Section
O'Hagan House
Monaghan Row
Newry, BT35 8DJ

Downpatrick Office
Licensing Section
Downshire Civic Centre
Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
Downpatrick, BT30 6GQ

Contact Details

E: licensing@nmandd.org

T: 0330 137 4030


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