You may need a pedlar’s certificate if you sell door to door or in the street without a stall or fixed location.
To be a pedlar you must:
- Trade on foot
- Carry your goods with you (although case law has suggested that a small means of transporting goods may be acceptable)
- Generally keep on the move, pausing to make sales
How to apply
Apply for a pedlar’s certificate at your local police station. You need to take:
- 2 photos of you
- a form of identity, eg a passport or driving licence
- proof of your address
- details of a referee
The certificate costs £12.25 and lasts 1 year.
Fines and penalties
You must produce your certificate if someone asks to see it.
If you work as a pedlar without a certificate - or let someone else use yours - you could be fined up to £200.
You could also get a prison sentence of up to 6 months if you either:
- give false information when you apply
- make or carry a forged certificate
(Source: gov.uk / pedlars-certificate)