Report illegal street trading

All street trading in Hillingdon requires a street trading licence and any illegal activity should be reported.

Street trading includes the following:

  • Displaying goods on the pavement outside premises.
  • Stalls: Some traders set up stalls on private land and forecourts outside shops. People trading on private land may need a licence from the council.
  • Tables and chairs on the pavement: The council can grant annual and temporary licences (valid up to six months) to place tables and chairs on the footway outside catering establishments. In some parts of the borough, the council may have a policy of not granting a licence for various reasons.
  • Mobile trading vans (fast food outlet): These relate to the traditional burger vans found on lay bys, verges, in industrial estates and other areas of the highway.
  • Ice cream vendors: This is where an ice cream vendor travels street to street trading from a vehicle and only remains in any one location in the course of trading for short periods of up to 15 minutes. These locations must be 65 metres away from a school entrance or exit.
  • Ticket sales: Tickets being offered for sale on the street where the exchange of monies then take place either on the street or in a property (ticket touts). 
  • Sales promotion (for example, paint balling and photo shoots): Promotions are being offered on the street. It should be noted that a peddler's licence is not acceptable for these activities.

How to spot illegal trading

If you see any of types of trading listed above, they must have the following:

  • the licence displayed
  • the goods being displayed on the pavement must be of the same goods as those predominantly sold within the shop
  • there must be a suitably constructed trolley, stand or stall. It must be easily removed in the event of an emergency, for the maintenance of the footpath and at the end of every day's trading
  • they must remain trading within the licensed area

By reporting unlicensed traders, you help the council take effective action to stop this kind of activity. If you see any street trading not complying with the above, please report it to us and we'll investigate.

In your report, be sure to include the exact location of the street trading, what's being traded and a name and/or description of the trader.

Report illegal street trading

Page last updated: 20 May 2020