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Pedlars certificate

A pedlars certificate is a certificate that allows a person to trade (often selling trinkets, household goods and other hand made objects) whilst on foot.

Pedlars can travel from door to door, place to place, or town to town.

It is the means by which a pedlar trades that distinguishes a pedlar from a licensed street trader. The means of a pedlar are mobile, whereas the means of a street trader are static (i.e. they have a fixed stall).

A pedlars certificate once issued can be used anywhere in the United Kingdom. The “pedlar” cannot set up a fixed pitch from which to trade, but rather moves around acquiring custom. If you do want to set up trade in a particular location, such as a market place, and remain static, you would require a street trader’s licence which you obtain from your local council.

A pedlar may sell foodstuffs, however, depending upon the nature of the food being sold, they may be required to register with their local Environmental Health Department.

A pedlar wishing only to sell vegetables, fish, fruit, or victuals (food and drink) may not require a pedlars certificate, they should, however, contact their local Environmental Health Department to enquire about the necessity to register their business.