3. Pitches on private land
Many Roadside Caterers actually operate from private land, such as car parks outside retail or business addresses. Once again, the feasibility of these pitches will depend on your local council. Some councils are more than happy for you to trade from private land without licences, however, some councils will insist that you get a Street Trading Licence regardless of whether you are on a public highway or not. Others will ask you to seek planning permission as you are looking to change the use of the land.
Remember, just because you have the agreement of the landlord, it does not guarantee that you will be free from local government rules or regulations.
In addition, you may want to contact a site agent who operate many major retail car parks across the UK such as B&Q, Homebase and many more.
During the Covid-19 Crisis, NCASS have lobbied for Street Trading Licenses to be relaxed and for councils to work with mobile caterers to help them work through the pandemic. Guidance from the LGA for Local Authorities requested by NCASS can be found here.