Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Private operator licence

If you'd like to operate a market with 5 or more pitches, either on public or private land, you must apply for an operator licence. 

If you wish to sell alcohol at your market, you're required to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TENS).

If you intend to sell food at your market, as the operator you're responsible for ensuring all traders selling food are registered and you have the appropriate food and hygiene certificates.

Operators are responsible for ensuring that all waste is removed from the market

Applying for a licence

You can apply for an operator licence by downloading one of the following application forms:


Number of stalls on the day

Tier 1 daily trading fee

Locations near the River Thames or main transport locations

Tier 2 daily trading fee

All other locations across the borough which are not Tier 1

5 to 10 stalls



11 to 20 stalls



21+ stalls



Discounts may apply if the operator can demonstrate a charitable element of the market or if non-professional traders are in attendance. Any discounts are subject to the approval in advance of the Street Trading Manager of the market.

Page last updated: 24 May 2023


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