Street trading

Elmbridge Borough Council has previously not operated a street trading consent scheme, so traders could not seek permission to trade on the public highway.

However, as of the 1 September 2019, we will be introducing a consent scheme and street traders will have to apply for a consent to trade in the borough, either from a fixed location on the road or as a peripatetic (mobile) trader such as an ice-cream van.

Traders will be required to submit an online application and provide key details and information, so we and our partners including the Police, Surrey County Council and Highways, can determine if a request for consent should be granted. There is a fee that is payable to obtain a street trading consent and the consent will be required to be renewed on an annual basis. There is no automatic right to renewal.

There are some roads where street trading is prohibited and a consent will not be granted. These are detailed below and shown on the map of prohibited roads.

  • A245 (Byfleet Road) from the Painshill roundabout to the junction with Brooklands Road

  • A244 (Warren lane), Oxshott - all along its entire length

  • Copsem Lane, Esher - all along its entire length

  • Claremont Lane, Esher - all along its entire length

  • A309 (Hampton Court Way) all along its entire length

  • A307 (Portsmouth Road, Esher) from the Scilly Isles to Fairmile Lane

Street traders are advised, before they apply for a consent, to have read and understood the following documents:

Apply here for a street trading consent.

If you are unclear or unsure after you have read the above documents, or you are a member of the public and have a concern regarding a street trader, then please email envhealth@elmbridge.gov.uk or contact 01372 474734 to discuss your query. 

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