Car boot sales

You do not need a licence to hold a car boot sale, but you may need planning permission.

Do I need planning permission?

You can hold a car boot sale or market on any land, on up to 14 days in a calendar year, without planning permission.

If you want to hold car boot sales on more than 14 days in a calendar year, you will need to get planning permission before the 15th event is held.

The exception to the rule is that you must have planning permission to hold any car boot sales or markets in Rhyl.

How do I apply for planning permission?

If you do need planning permission, your car boot sale or market must meet these criteria:

  • There should be no unacceptable effect on the vitality and viability of town centres.
  • Arrangements for access to the market should not cause a traffic hazard on the surrounding road network.
  • There should be adequate on-site car parking for all traders’ and customers’ vehicles, without taking space on existing car parks.
  • The market should be easily accessible for pedestrians and public transport services.
  • The market should preferably be sited on land or in premises which are vacant or under used.
  • Markets should not be held in residential areas, and there should be no unacceptable effect on the amenities of surrounding residential areas.
  • Proposals must not cause unacceptable harm to the character, visual appearance or any nature conservation, historic or archaeological interest of the site or the surrounding area.

Even if you do not need planning permission, you should still bear these points in mind when organising your car boot sale.

The easiest way to apply for planning permission is through the online Planning Portal.

When you apply for planning permission, you may find these guides helpful:

How much does it cost?

It costs £330 to apply for planning permission for a car boot sale or market.