Street trading consents

General information

All streets within the boundaries of Slough Borough Council are consent streets.

All persons wishing to sell any goods to the public within the borough must apply for and be in possession of a street trading consent before any such trading takes place.

If you intend to operate the supply of hot food or drink to members of the public between the hours of 11pm and 5am, you will also need to apply for a premises licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003. Full details and application packs can be requested from the licensing team.

Slough High Street

Please be advised that Slough High Street is limited to 5 street trading pitches. For information regarding the availablilty of trading sites in the High Street please contact the licensing team.

Exempted street trading activities

The following street trading activities are legally exempt from the requirement to obtain a prior consent from the council:

  • trading by a person acting as a pedlar under the authority of a pedlar’s certificate granted under the Pedlars Act 1871
  • anything done in a market or fair the right to hold which was acquired by virtue of a grant (including presumed grant) or acquired or established by an enactment or order
  • trading in a trunk road picnic area provided by the Secretary of State under section 112 of the Highways Act 1980
  • trading as a news vendor
  • trading which:

(i) is carried on at premises used as a petrol filling station; or

(ii) is carried on at premises used as a shop or in a street adjoining premises so used and as part of the business or shop.

  • selling things, or offering or exposing them for sale, as a roundsman.
  • the use for trading under Part VIIA of the Highways Act 1980 of an object or structure placed on, or in or over a highway.
  • the operation of facilities for recreation or refreshment under Part VIIA of the Highways Act 1980.
  • the doing of anything authorised by regulations made under section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916.

Codes of practice for buskers and street entertainers consultation

We welcome buskers and street entertainers that enhance the experience, atmosphere and vibrancy of the town centre. It is in everyone's interest to have a positive relationship with all users of public spaces which includes buskers and street entertainers.

A draft code of practice for buskers and street entertainers has been prepared and has been developed based on best practice from a number of other local authorities. The code of practice aims to set proportionate and reasonable limits to balance the rights of performers and local businesses/residents.

We are carrying out a consultation on the draft codes of practice and welcome any views or comments you may have:

Landmark Place
High Street
Slough, SL1 1JL

Please make any responses by 20 August 2018.

Contact us

Contact Licensing form

01753 875664
Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

In person
Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm