Bromley Charter Market

Information for traders

The market takes place in the southern section of the pedestrian area of High Street, Bromley, between Marks & Spencer and Elmfield Road . The market’s trading hours are from 9am to 5pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the year.

Market stalls

The stalls are provided ready-assembled complete with tables, table skirts, side and back sheets. The stalls are 3.7m x 2.5m and can be booked as ½ stall, one stall, two stall or three stall arrangements. Traders can arrange the display of goods to suit their requirements, but the goods must remain within the canopy area. Nothing must be stuck or pinned to the table skirts or side and back sheets. At the end of each trading day the trader is responsible for restoring the stall as supplied.

Types of goods sold

We seek to promote stalls and goods which complement and enhance our High Street.  The focus is on quality products and farmers’ produce with the emphasis on goods not available locally or in the High Street stores.

We do not allow wholesalers, electronics (including mobile phones and their accessories or e-cigarettes) or mock auctions on the market. The use of any noisy machinery or instrument is prohibited.

We do not allow fast food (such as burgers, hotdogs, tea and coffee) vendors as Charter Market stall holders but applications via street trading can be made. 

Bromley Council also reserves the right to reject stall applications if the market currently has a number of traders selling similar items.  However details can be kept on file should circumstances change. New traders are subject to a month probationary period after which Bromley Council reserve the right to withhold any licence extension/renewal.

Setting up and breaking down the stalls

The Market Supervisor allocates stalls to traders on each market day. The stalls will be made available two hours before the market opening time. Traders must not break down the stall before closing time unless otherwise agreed with the Market Supervisor.

Vehicle access for unloading and loading

Traders will be issued with a permit for vehicle access to the market on the pedestrian area to enable unloading and loading near to their stall. The central section between the two lines of stalls is the 4.0m wide emergency access route that must be kept clear at all times. Traders’ vehicles can enter the pedestrian area, for unloading purposes only, from 7am and must leave the market area 30 minutes before the market opening time. Traders’ vehicles can re-enter the pedestrian area, for loading purposes only, from 5pm, or when allowed by the Market Supervisor.

Market fees

Charter Market fee schedule

The market fee includes the following:

  • The provision of a ready-assembled market stall complete with tables, table skirts, side and back sheets and including regular maintenance.
  • A 13-amp electricity supply for lighting purposes only (max 150W per stall).  Only the use of low energy bulbs will be permitted.
  • The services of the on site market supervisor.
Traders are invoiced in arrears on a monthly basis. Non payment of fees may result in traders being banned from future trading and or debt recovery procedures.

Food traders

Traders offering prepared food are required to register their food business with the local authority where the business is based.  This could be at home or at a business premise where you store food, carry out food preparation, store your equipment or park your vehicle used to transport food and equipment.  You will need to provide details of your food registration before trading. 

Where Liquid Petroleum Gas is to be used on the stall for the preparation of food, details will also be required of the current safety certificate.

Disposing of rubbish

Traders are responsible for removing and disposing of their rubbish.  Copies of the Waste Transfer Licence or Waste Disposal Notice will be required. Traders are responsible for keeping their stall and surrounding area clean and tidy throughout the day.

Licence amendments

Request amendments to the licence such as a change of name or goods offered. Changes to licences incur a fee of £10.

Stall bookings, amendments, cancellations

Request amend or cancel a stall booking. Notification must be made prior to the Tuesday of the market week the request is for to avoid market charges.

Unable to trade on the day

Traders unable to attend on the market day must telephone the Market Supervisor between 7 and 8am on the day to enable the stall to be re-allocated. No refunds will be given.

Bad weather conditions

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the market will not be cancelled before 7am on a market day.  In poor weather every effort will be made to facilitate the market and make stalls available.  So even if the weather is bad, traders are advised to attend the market and start trading.  On the market day traders can telephone the Market Supervisor between 7 and 8am to clarify the situation.

When severe weather conditions occur during the market trading day, the Market Supervisor will enable traders’ vehicles onto the market area earlier to enable loading.  No refunds will be given.

Market responsibilities

Bromley Council is responsible for the management and licensing of the market.  

The Market Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day running of the market, including allocating stalls and dealing with any on market issues. If necessary, the Market Supervisor will refer any matter to Bromley Council, which includes any trader who behaves in an unacceptable manner.

Appeal a licence decision

Anyone who believes they have been unfairly refused an application or subject to a decision which unfairly impacts their trading can submit an appeal.