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Street trading

Street trading means the selling, or exposing or offering for sale, of any article (including living things and vehicles) in a street. A street for the purposes of this definition includes any road, highway, footway, beach or other area to which the public have access without payment.

Street trading is controlled under provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. Due to complaints received from the public, regarding the activities of some street traders, both councils have adopted powers under the above act to regulate this activity.

There are three types of area in Adur and Worthing with Street Controls in place:

  • Prohibited Areas
  • Consent Areas
  • Concession Areas

Whilst traders are welcome to street trade in undesignated areas it is illegal to trade in the 'prohibited' areas. In addition without the relevant permit it is illegal to trade in the other areas listed above. These prohibited and controlled areas are vigorously patrolled and breaches to the Local Government (Misc. Provisions) Act are enforced. Each offence is liable to a fine of up to a £1,000 per incident.

Adur District

Prohibited Streets: Adur District Council has prohibited street trading on all public highways within the district with the exception of a small number of designated areas situated in the town centres of Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Southwick. No street trading of any description, including the sale of motor vehicles, is allowed in these 'prohibited' streets and the Council under this act has no power to make exception.

Consent Streets: Adur District Council allows street trading in the following streets subject to the trader obtaining a permit to trade.

  • Lancing: Culver Road, Meadow Lane, North Farm Road, North Road, Penstone Park and South Street.
  • Shoreham-by-Sea: Brunswick Road, Church Street, East Street, High Street, John Street, Middle Street, New Road, Old Shoreham Road, Pond Road, Ship Street, St Mary's Close, St Mary's Road, Tarmount Lane, West Street and Western Road
  • Southwick: Southdown Road, Southwick Square, Southwick Street and The Green

To obtain a permit to trade: vendors must not be competing with local shops, not selling fast food, and not operating from a van or trailer. Any vendor must be adding colour to the town. Therefore, any ​​fast food and/or ice cream vans will not receive a permit to trade, unless they are part of an organised event.
Interested vendors are advised to apply in writing by sending an email detailing their proposal together with images of their offer to:

For more information about enforcement please contact:

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Worthing Borough

Prohibited Streets: No street trading of any description, including the sale of motor vehicles, is allowed in the streets listed alphabetically below and the Council, under this act, has no power to make exception:

Ann Street, Anscombe Road, Ardsheal Road, Bedford Row, Bernard Road, Boulevard (North of Nelson Road), Broadwater Street West, Brighton Road, Buckingham Road, Chapel Road, Chatsworth Road, Columbia Drive, Crescent Road, Cross Street, Dominion Road, Findon Road, George V Avenue, Goring Way, Graham Road, Ham Road, High Street, Liverpool Road, Liverpool Terrace, Marine Parade, Marine Place, Mulberry Lane, New Street, Offington Lane, Oxford Road, Prospect Place, Railway Approach, Rectory Road, Sompting Road, South Farm Road (north of Ardsheal), South Street, South Street Tarring, The Steyne, Teville Gate, Teville Place, Teville Road, Union Place, Victoria Road, Wallace Avenue, Warwick Street, West Buildings and West Parade.

Consent Streets: The Council allows street trading in the following streets in the town centre under licence:

  • Montague Street
  • Montague Place
  • South Street Square
  • Bath Place (Approved markets only)
  • Portland Road (Approved markets only)

but has a strict policy that vendors are not competing with local shops, not selling fast food, not operating from a van or trailer and are adding colour to the town. Fast Food and Ice Cream Vans clearly would not receive a licence to operate in the above consent streets.

A licence to trade in any of the above areas costs £2,030.00 a year, £115.00 a week or £47.00 a day (in 2017/18). Plots are strictly limited.

In addition:

  • Marine Crescent
  • Marine Drive

are also designated consent streets. These roads situated on West Worthing sea front, next to the Greensward, allows for the licensing of Ice Cream vans and/or beverage vendors but not fast food or the sale of motor vehicles. Permits cost £150 a year (in 2017) and application forms are available from the Licensing Unit. In the summer months this is a very congested area and the number of permits issued is strictly limited.

Information regarding street trading permits for the Worthing area can be obtained from the Licensing Unit and the team can be contacted:

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Concession Areas in Adur & Worthing

Concession areas include:

  • Worthing promenade - from King George V Avenue along to East Worthing
  • Adur's and Worthing's beautiful beaches, parks and gardens

These areas are owned by the Councils and concessions are let to local businesses following approval by the Concessions Working Group, which includes relevant Officers of the Councils.

Please note that certain concessions are subject to tender, although most are not.

Concessions are managed by the Place and Investment Team at Adur & Worthing Councils and they can be contacted:

See also: Seasonal concessions

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For more information

For more detailed information contact the licensing unit at Adur & Worthing Councils or please see our street trading and pedlary information leaflet:

See also: Pedlary

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