Market trading and licences

COVID-19 Update: The Markets Service will not be processing any new expression of interest for trading due to the current restriction in trading.

Newham has a number of vibrant and diverse indoor and outdoor markets that sell a variety of goods. New traders are always welcome to apply and you do not need to have prior trading experience. We offer discounts for new traders.

If you wish to trade in a market in Newham, you must have a street market trading licence. On this page you can find out more about street market trading licences.​​

Before you apply for a licence

You must check with us whether it is possible to trade at the market of your choice.

To apply you must first fill out an Expression of Interest form to register your interest to trade at a one of our markets and stating what commodity you would like to trade in.

Either email the completed Expression of Interest form to [email protected] or send it to:

The Markets Team Office
7 Queens Market
Upton Park
London 
E13 9BA

Once received it will be issued to a Market Inspector to check the commodity and the availability at the market you have requested.

You will be contacted within 7 to 10 working days to acknowledge receipt of your expression of interest.  A Market Inspector will then contact you to inform you if your enquiry has been successful or not.

An appointment must be made to attend the office for your application to be processed.  Anyone without an appointment will not be seen.

Please note that the office opening times are:

  • Tuesday: 8.30 am-6.30pm
  • Thursday: 8.30 am-6.30pm
  • Friday: 8.30 am-6.30pm​
  • Saturday: 8.30 am-6.30pm

Apply for a licence

If your enquiry is successful, you will be sent a street trading licence application pack.

Street Trading Licence Application Pack​ (PDF)  The Street Trading Licence is a read only document, not for printing. Any printed form sent through to the markets officer will not be processed.

An appointment must be made to attend the office for your application to be processed. Anyone without an appointment will not be seen.​

If we tell you that there is an opportunity to trade at one of our markets, we will ask you to fill in our street market trading licence form.​

Return it to the Markets Team in person at:

The Markets Team Office
7 Queens Market
Upton Park
London
E13 9BA

You will also need to bring with you:

  • The £25 licence fee

Plus an original copy of:

  • Three recent proofs of address such as utility bills, bank statements (dated within three months)
  • Two recent passport sized photographs that must be signed on the reverse when you visit the Markets Team office
  • Your passport or proof of entitlement to work in the United Kingdom which must be valid for at least 6 months
  • A food hygiene certificate if you wish to sell food
  • A document showing your National Insurance Number such as a payslip or letter from HM revenue and Customs
  • *Public liability insurance (minimum £5,000,000) which must be valid for at least six months from the date of your application.​

Please note that all documentation required must be original and the application must be made in person by the person named on the application.

*Your public liability insurance must be valid for 6 months if you are a casual trader and 12 months if you are a full time trader.

All new traders will be licenced as casual traders for at least a 3 month period before consideration will be given to licensing as a permanent trader.  Casual Traders can trade on any market day of the market that they have been licenced for. 

Pitch allocation based on availability

On the day a casual trader wishes to trade they must first contact a Market Inspector to check on the availability of pitches.  The Market Inspector will allocate one only if one is available.  This is based on the commodity you sell.

At Newham markets a 4 pitch rule is in operation, this means the same commodity won't be allowed if within 4 pitches another trader is already selling the same type of commodity.