Our Markets Policy

Allerdale Borough Council recognises the important contribution that markets make to the local economy and the character of the area. They remain an important Council service and contribute in a number of ways to the local communities they serve.

The Council is committed to maintaining the balance of markets throughout the Borough and ensuring that there is consistency in the way that markets are operated. In this context the Council has decided to implement a Markets Policy which sets out the basis upon which markets are held and the process by which applications for markets will be considered.

Market Licenses

The Council, by virtue of its statutory powers, enjoys market rights throughout the Borough of Allerdale and is in a position to consider applications for market events. The Council's consent to a market event must be given before the market takes place. Markets will only be licensed once an application for a markets licence has been approved, signed by the Council and the Market Operator and the appropriate fee received by the Council.  Any market that takes place without such a licence is in breach of the Council's markets policy and may be subject to enforcement action.

A market will comprise of not less than five stalls, stands, vehicles, whether moveable or not or pitches from which articles are sold and normally there will be a range of different sellers.

Car boot sales, antique and craft markets, general markets, food markets, farmers' markets, charitable markets and markets held as part of a bigger event all fall within the remit of the Markets Policy adopted by the Council.  If you wish to operate a market within Allerdale it will be necessary to obtain a markets licence from the Council. To enable the Council to assess your application you must fully complete the application form below and provide any supplementary information and documentation that is required.

Download Application form for a private market licence

The Council will endeavour to deal with applications for a markets licence within a period of twenty working days. Applicants are urged to submit an application as early as possible to ensure that the Council has adequate time to consider the relevant matters in an appropriate way.

It is important that in addition to obtaining a markets licence you also secure any other relevant approvals / consents in respect of the holding of the market. This may include planning approval or other statutory operational requirements such as a licence to sell alcohol. It is also important that you have the approval of the owner of the land on which it is proposed to hold the market. 

If you require any further information relating to the Council's requirements in respect of its markets policy and markets licences, please contact:

Joe Broomfield, Town Centre Area Manager, Allerdale Borough Council, Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3YJ

Tel: 01900 702568    E-mail:

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Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ