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Notification of occasional sales

If you hold or organise an occasional sale (not a fixed or regular trading event) you must notify us.

This includes car boot sales. You must also notify us if you allow an occasional sale to be held on your land or premises.

There are some exceptions:

  • A market held by virtue of a grant from the Crown or under statutory authority;
  • A sale by auction of farm livestock or dead stock or the contents of a building; and
  • An event conducted by a registered charity where all the proceeds go to that charity.


The owner or manager of the premises and the promoter must supply completed notification to us at least 21 days before the sale.

The full name and business address of anyone promoting, holding or helping with the sale must be displayed where it can be read by public.

Notices, leaflets and posters must include the name and business address of the promoter of the sale and everyone concerned in the promotion of the sale.

Dealers in second-hand goods are subject to further requirements.


Notification must not be taken as authorisation to hold an occasional sale and does not override other legal requirements relating to such events, for example planning laws and Sunday trading legislation.

The promoter and/or occupier of the premises should ensure that they hold the appropriate licence/permission and comply with other relevant trading laws. Compliance is a legal requirement unless otherwise stated and failure to register may render you liable to a fine.

This page was last updated on 19 October 2016