You may need authorisation or a licence from the council to hold a car boot sale.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply for a licence to hold a car boot sale.

How to apply

Your application must be made in writing and include: 

  • your name and address
  • where and when you want to sell 
  • the name and address of the home owner (if selling on someone else’s property)

If you've not heard from us within 28 days of your application you can assume that your application has been granted.

Fees and charges

£20 upfront, plus £1 per stall, per day

You can apply for a new application on the GOV.UK website.

Legislation and guidance

You can read a summary of the relevant legislation and guidance on the website.


You can appeal if:

  • you're refused a licence
  • you're a licence holder and are unhappy with a condition attached to your licence
  • you're unhappy with the decision of a licence review and the withdrawing of a certificate

If you're planning to appeal, please contact us in the first instance. Appeals must then be made to the local magistrates court within 21 days of the licensing decision.


If a member of the public has a complaint about your licence, we always advise for that person to contact you directly, preferably in the form a letter, with proof of delivery. If this does not work, we advise the person to contact the Citizens Advice Guide, or the UK European Consumer Centre if they’re outside the UK.

1 October 2019