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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Street trading

Service outline:

Our policy is to oppose all street trading other than from areas approved by the Council where highway safety will not be impaired. For such sites a trader's licence must be obtained from the Council.

The erection of signs or stalls for the sale of produce within the highway, including grass verges, is illegal. However, produce can be sold from the land on which it is grown, but signs advertising such facilities must be clear of the highway and may require Planning Permission. Any unlicensed use of the highway for tables and chairs is an obstruction and may be dealt with by the police.

There are three main types of permission which may have to be obtained before tables and chairs may be placed on a part of the highway:

Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent may be required from the Council for the use of the land or building for a cafe. There is a fee for this and planning approval must have been granted before an application will be considered by the Council.

A licence will be required, from Lancashire County Council as the Highway Authority, to put tables and chairs out on a public highway, whether it be on the street or a pavement or a pedestrian area. There is a fee for this, payable before a licence can be issued.

Key contacts

Contact: Ribble Valley Borough Council

Telephone: 01200 425111

Fax: 01200 414432

Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, BB7 2RA

Contact: Lancashire County Council Highways Department

Telephone: 0845 053 0011

Visit: Lancashire County Council Highways Department
The Environment Director, Lancashire County Council, Guild House, Cross Street, Preston, PR1 8RD

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