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Car boot sale

Licence summary

In partnership with EUGO LogoTo hold a car boot sale you may need authorisation or a licence from the local authority for the area where the sale will be held.

Where to find help

Apply online

General enquiries

For contact information, view our Markets web page.

Eligibility criteria 

No provision in regulation.

Application evaluation process 

Applicants must give the district or borough council at least one month's notice of their intention to hold a car boot sale (or to permit their land to be used for a car boot sale), unless the proceeds of the car boot sale are to be applied solely or principally for charitable, social, sporting or political purposes.

Applications must be made in writing (including by electronic means) and include the applicant's name and address, where and when they desire to trade and the name and address of the occupier of that site, if he is not the applicant.

Will tacit consent apply

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period

Target completion

You can expect to be contacted by the Licensing Team within 14 days of receipt of your application.  We would normally expect to let you know our decision on your application within 30 days of receipt.

Failed application redress 

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

Licence holder redress 

Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance.

Consumer complaint 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, further information about making a complaint, can be found on the Information for Consumers page of this website. 

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