Boot fair or other occasional sale licence

If you intend to operate a car boot fair, an antiques fair or similar fair held outside, you need to apply for an "occasional sale" licence.


If you are organising a sale with more than five stalls in the open air then you require an Occasional Sale licence.

Some boot sales may be exempt if they are being run solely or principally for a charitable, social, sporting, religious or political purpose.

A holder of an occasional sale licence must still operate within planning legislation, which restricts the number of occasional sales that may be held on a particular site or plot of agricultural land to 14 per calendar year. 

When to apply

Applications must be made at least 42 days before the date of the sale. After your initial application you can apply for more than one date at a time. 


The cost of a licence is £278 for each sale or £3503 (if an application is made for all 14 events).

Guidance notes

Boot fair or other occasional sale licence application notes (PDF - 77.84 KB)

Apply for a licence


You can make and pay for your application online. When you make your application this way you only have to complete one set of forms and we will pass these on to all other responsible authorities for you.

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