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Licences and permits

Market licences

  • Setting up your own market

    If you’re interested in setting up a market or a car boot sale in Belfast you will need to apply for a licence from us as we own the historic rights to operate markets in the city, including those held on private property or indoors.

  • How much does a market licence cost?

    Unless you are a charitable organisation, you must include a fee with your application. This is currently £50 for a one-off market licence or £100 for a multiple markets licence.

  • How to apply

    We have two application forms and you need to choose one based on the type of market that you are planning.

  • Operate a charitable market or car boot sale in Belfast

    If you represent a charitable organisation and you want to organise a market of any size please refer to the checklist below before completing the form. We will only accept your application if you can show that you have made adequate preparations appropriate to the nature of your market. It is important that you include documentary evidence in relation to each of these issues with your application.

    Checklist for planning a market

    This checklist will give you information about the things you need to consider to ensure that your market runs safely and successfully:

    • Have you agreement from the owner of the land or building on which the market is going to take place?
    • Do you, or the property or land owner where you plan to hold your market, have public liability insurance?
    • Have you spoken to retailers and local residents (if any) about your plans?
    • If there is going to be entertainment at the market, do you have an entertainment licence?
    • If there are plans to sell food, are the stall holders registered as a food business with the council?
    • How will you make sure that counterfeit or stolen goods are not sold at your market (as this will be your responsibility as an operator)?

    The council will only accept an application if you can demonstrate that you have made adequate preparations appropriate for the nature of your market. Before issuing a licence we may need to contact you to provide evidence that you have considered each of these questions.

    Apply

  • Operate a commercial market in Belfast

    If you are planning a market that is commercial in nature, please refer to the checklist below before completing the application form. We will only accept your application if you can show that you have made adequate preparations appropriate to the nature of your market. It is important that you include documentary evidence in relation to each of these issues with your application.

    Checklist for planning a commercial market 

    This checklist will give you information about the things you need to consider to ensure that your market runs safely and successfully: 

    • Have you prepared a business and environmental management plan? 
    • Have you agreement from the owner of the land or building on which the market is going to take place? 
    • Do you, or the property or land owner where you plan to hold your market, have public liability insurance? 
    • Have you consulted with the relevant statutory agencies, local retailers and local residents (if any) about your plans?
    • If there is going to be entertainment at the market, do you have an entertainment licence? 
    • If there are plans to sell food, are the stall holders registered as a food business with the council? 
    • How will you make sure that counterfeit or stolen goods are not sold at your market (as this will be your responsibility as an operator)?

    Apply

  • What happens next?

    When we receive your application form the markets team will check the details of your application. You may be contacted to confirm details, and, in some circumstances, you may be required to provide additional evidence. Please note that in normal circumstances the application process may take up to four months.

    When we are happy that you have provided sufficient information, your application will be presented to our City Growth and Regeneration Committee for consideration. For smaller and charitable markets, the decision may be taken by a council officer instead. 

    When the City Growth and Regeneration Committee makes a decision about an application, it will then go to a full council meeting for approval (meetings usually take place on the first Monday of each month, except July).

    If the application is granted, a licence will be issued to you and the market can become operational. If it is refused, you will be advised of the decision in writing. There is no appeals process regarding this decision.

  • Hiring St George's Market

    St George's Market can be hired for events.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

markets@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9032 0202

Development, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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