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Pedlars Licence

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Pedlars Acts 1871 & 1881

A pedlar certificate is not required by:

  • Commercial travellers or other persons selling or seeking orders for goods, wares, or merchandise to or from persons who are dealers therein and who buy to sell again, or selling or seeking orders for books as agents authorized in writing by the publishers of such books
  • Sellers of vegetables, fish, fruit, or victuals (foodstuffs)
  • Persons selling or exposing to sale goods, wares, or merchandise in any public mart, market, or fair legally established

A Pedlar certificate shall be granted provided that the Chief Officer of Police granting the certificates is satisfied that the applicant:

  • Is above Seventeen years of age
  • Is a person of good character
  • In good faith intends to carry on the trade of a pedlar
  • Has resided during one month previous to the application in the police area to whom they are applying

The certificate authorises the holder to act as a pedlar within any part of the United Kingdom as stated in the 1881 act . However, it is the holders responsibility to check relevant local by-laws and regulations with the local authority of the areas that they are travelling through.

The certificate does not entitle the individual to street trade, regularly trade at the same pitch, set out their goods on a stall or a book or a portable stand.

If a certificate is lost, than an application (and fee) for a replacement is made in the normal way.


  • A pedlar goes to his customers rather than allowing them to come to him
  • A pedlar trades as he travels rather than travels to trade
  • A pedlar is a pedestrian
  • If a pedlar is a seller, rather than a mender, they sells reasonably small goods
  • They are entitled to have some means of assisting their transport of goods, such as a trolley
  • A pedlar must be of good character, over 17 year old, are not intending to trade in foodstuffs and have resided during one month previous to the application within the police area they are applying to
  • The pedlars act are published online by Her Majesty's Stationery Office - www.legislation.gov.uk
  • Any enquires regarding pedlar certificates in Northamptonshire should be directed to Firearms Licensing Unit Police Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton NN4 0JQ

Tel: 101 or 03000 111222 ext. 341035 Email: firearms.licensing@northants.pnn.police.uk Office Hours: 9am - 4.30pm



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