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Street Traders licence

If you want to sell or offer for monies worth, goods or services in a public place (on the street) you will need a street trader's licence.

A "public place" means any place (whether a thoroughfare or not) to which the public have unrestricted access and includes:

  • the doorways or entrances of premises abutting on any such place; and
  • any common passage, close, court, stair, garden or yard pertinent to any tenement or group of separately owned houses; and
  • A street traders licence may therefore be required for privately owned land which is open to which the public have unrestricted access.

How to apply

Please contact South Ayrshire Council using the contact details below in the first instance.

The links below take you to another website which processes these applications on behalf of South Ayrshire Council

What happens next?

Before considering an application South Ayrshire Council must have received all the required supporting documentation before the application is considered lodged.

We would expect to process your application within 183 calendar days or 131 working days. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from South Ayrshire Council by the end of the target completion period.

Will Tacit Consent apply

Yes, where the local authority fails to make a decision within six months of receipt of the application, the licence is deemed to be granted or renewed.

What if I have been refused approval?

Please contact South Ayrshire Council using the contact details below in the first instance.

You can request reasons in writing for the refusal within 28 days of the date of the decision.

You can request reasons in writing for a refusal to renew, a variation or suspension of a licence within 28 days of the date of the decision.

You may appeal to the sheriff against the decision which must be lodged within 28 days from the date of the decision.

If your application is refused you cannot apply again in respect of the same activity in the same area within one year of the refusal unless there has been a material change of circumstances.

Consumer complaints

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the service provider by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice or you can contact us directly. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other complaints

If you wish to complain about a licence holder then please use the contact details below.

Who to contact

Licensing Services
South Ayrshire Council
County Buildings
Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1DR
Tel: 01292 617682

Trade Associations

Not applicable

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