Apply to be a food market trader

Use this guide to help you find out what you need to do to become a licensed food market trader and the legal requirements that you must consider.

This guidance is for food traders who wish to trade at an event or market in Lambeth. 

The requirements are the same whether operating from a commercial site, market stall, domestic kitchen or a combination of sites or premises.

All new food businesses in the UK must register with their local authority at least 28 days before they intend to start trading. You should complete the food trader questionnaire and return it to the food safety team at the council.

Food hygiene, standards and health and safety inspections of food premises are a legal obligation placed on food authorities, and an inspection will be carried out before you start trading as a market trader. Compliance is monitored through routine inspections, at which time, failure to meet the standards expected may prevent you from trading at future markets in Lambeth.

Contact the market operator directly to discuss pitch availability or suitability.