Car boot sales

Car boot sales

Walsall Council enjoys the sole right to operate markets within the Borough and the right to grant licences for others to do so. No form of market may be held in the Borough without the Council’s prior written approval. These powers are contained in the Walsall Corporation Act 1969.

A car boot sale is a form of temporary market, defined as a concourse of buyers and sellers. Accordingly, the provisions of the 1960 Act supply and the Council’s approval (by way of licence) is necessary before a car boot sale or any other temporary market can take place.

The council has agreed to grant licences to enable car boot sales to be held within the Borough, subject to the conditions set out.

In addition to is power under the 1960 Act; the Council has adopted the provisions of s37, Local Government (Miscellaneous) Act 1983. These require any persons intending to hold an outdoor temporary market (including a car boot sale) and any occupier of land intended to be used for such a purpose to give the council not less than one month’s notice of the proposed event. Any person who holds or permits land to be used for a temporary market or car boot sale without having given the requisite notice to the Council, shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000.

Failure to comply with any of these conditions shall render the organiser/or organisation liable to be disqualified from the holding of any car boot sale within the Borough.

The council has the power in law to protect its markets rights by taking action against any person or organisation holding a car boot sale, or permitting land to be used for such a purpose, without having obtained the council’s prior consent.

Car boot sale conditions

  • Car boot sales shall only be licensed if the Council is satisfied that the proceeds from all charges levied for participation in the event are applied solely or principally for a charitable, social, sporting or political purposes. Licences cannot be granted for events of a commercial nature.
  • Trading by market or other commercial traders shall not under any circumstances be permitted.
  • The sale of mains electrical goods shall be prohibited and the organiser shall display conspicuous notices to that effect.
  • Licences cannot be granted for a car boot sales on Sunday.
  • The maximum number of cars permitted to take part in a licensed car boot sale shall be 50 (fifty).
  • All advertising material displayed in connection with a licensed car boot sale shall be removed within 48 (forty-eight) hours of the date thereof. Please note that the displaying of advertising signs of the highway or affixing them to structures, trees or works on the highway is not allowed under section 132 of the Highways Act 1980.
  • An organisation licensed to hold a car boot sale shall not be licensed to hold a further car boot sale until a period of not less than 3 (three) months has elapsed.
  • Land licensed to hold a car boot sale shall not be licensed to hold a further car boot sale until a period of not less than 3 (three) months has elapsed. In the case of land at a farm, this condition shall apply as if the whole of the land holdings comprising the farm were a single site.
  • Licenses issued for car boot sale which for any reason do not take place shall not be transferable to other dates.
  • Every application to hold a car boot sale shall be made on the form provided for that purpose and shall be accompanied by a non-returnable fee of £5.
  • Every newspaper notice advertising a car boot sale shall incorporate the Council’s licence number in the following manner: WMBC Licence 20__/………………..
  • The council shall enjoy the right to determine any matter arising from these conditions or the application thereof.

How do I apply for a licence?

You can make a car boot sale application online  

Contact us

Market Service

2nd Floor Civic Centre

Darwall Street



Telephone 01922 652300

This page was last updated on 26 September 2016