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Street trading pitches and licensing

You need a licence to trade in the city centre.

We are not currently accepting licence applications, while we support our existing traders through the coronavirus pandemic.

There are 31 designated street-trading locations around the city centre. Some of these are licensed for 12 months at a time, and others are licensed for 4 or 8 months.

Licensing and policy

Trading in the consent zone (see map, below) without a licence is deemed to be illegal street trading. You are exempt from this if you hold a valid pedlar's licence and follow the pedlars legislation.

We have a Street Trading Policy, which sets out how Street Trading is managed in Cambridge.

The policy also provides information about submitting an application to trade – we recommend you read this policy carefully before submitting your application form.

Consent zone

Street traders in the city

RJ's Grill is a family-run street cart located on the corner of St. Andrew’s Street and Christ’s Lane, Cambridge. They offer top quality burgers, hot dogs and bacon rolls as well as other daily specials.

Taste of Cambridge, located in Markets Street, is a family-run business serving fresh, vegetarian food in the heart of Cambridge from Tuesday to Saturday. Our wraps are delicious, come and taste!