With a growing number of speciality markets, Leeds is becoming a unique shopping haven offering everything from on-trend vintage finds to off the beaten track artefacts and gifts. Anyone can set up a market in the city you just need to apply to the markets team for a licence. There are two main types of new markets that the team offer licenses for: charitable and commercial.
Charitable licences cover school fairs and village fetes where goods will be traded to raise money for a good cause. Commercial licences, as the name suggests, cover those markets where traders sell goods as a business for profit and the licensee makes a profit from sale of stalls.
The process is the same for both licences and will take 28 days to determine your application, and all licences cover an annual period and must be reapplied for each year. Before an application can be processed the land or building owner’s permission is needed.
The process for starting your own market is straighforward, just follow the steps in the chart (click the chart to see a larger version).
Costs for licences vary depending on the size of the market and kinds of goods expected to be sold.