Under the Pedlars and Street Trader’s Act 1906 you are required to obtain a Street Trader’s Licence in order to trade in an open public space. Any prospective street traders must complete an application form to obtain a licence. It is recommended speaking to the Town Centre Manager before applying for a licence, as there are a number of elements (such as competition with established businesses) which will need to be considered. There is no charge to apply for a street trader’s licence, although you may be required to pay a ‘pitch’ fee to cover expenses if trading as part of a wider event.
All street traders are required to be adequately insured and hold any relevant certification including food hygiene and health and safety.
For those who are not resident in the Isle of Man, then you will be required to obtain a non-resident traders licence from Trading Standards. We highly recommend speaking to the Town Centre Manager before proceeding with this.