Street Trading, Market Operators, Mobile Trading Consultation – NTBCC response December 2023

NTBCC submitted the following in response to the consultation at Street Trading and Market Operators – City of Edinburgh Council – Citizen Space on 11 December.


1 What is your name?

New Town & Broughton Community Council

2 What is your email address?

licensing (at)

3 What is your organisation (if relevant)?

NTBCC Licensing

4 Please choose which of the following best describes you.

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NTBCC ordinary meeting minutes 9 October 2023

Minutes of New Town & Broughton Community Council’s ordinary meeting, at Broughton St Mary’s church, on Monday 9 October 2023 at 7pm

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NTBCC ordinary meeting full agenda Monday 9 October 2023 and convenor reports

This will be an in-person meeting on Monday 9 October 2023 (immediately after the 2023 AGM at approximately 7: 30pm).

Location: the Drummond Room at Broughton St Mary’s Church on Bellevue Crescent.

Access via the path at the right hand side of the Church.

  1. Welcome / Introductions / Attendance
  2. Approval of the minutes of the ordinary NTBCC meeting held on 11 September 2023 (To approve)
  3. Matters arising from previous minutes (and not included on agenda below) (To discuss)
  4. Police report (if received) (To note/discuss)
  5. Culture and Communities (convener’s report)
  6. Transport (convener’s report)
  7. Planning (convener’s report)
    • Revised applications for 72-74 Eyre Place (PBSA/7 townhouses) (To note/discuss)
    • Edinburgh Christmas Markets (EPSG/WPSG/George St) (To note)
    • Summary of DPEA (Scottish Reporter) appeals (To note)
  8. Licensing (convener’s report)
    • STL Licensing scheme came into effect on 1 October 2023 (To note)
    • Alcohol Licensing – new draft Policy Statement & consultation (To discuss)
    • Street Trading and Market Operators consultation (To note)
  9. Environment (convener’s report)
    • Communal Bin Roll-out in N1 parking Zone Area (To note)
  10. Engagement / Communications
  11. Community Council Scheme & Boundary Review 2023 – Phase 1 consultation  (closes 18 Dec)  (To note)
  12. News from residents’ assocations – GKSA update on Conservation & Adaptation
  13. Councillors’/residents’ open forum
  14. AOCB

Please note: before or during the meeting, names and email addresses may be recorded. Email addresses are held and used for circulating information about NTBCC but may also be used to seek residents’ views on local issues.

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Civic Licensing – Street Trading and Market Operators Consultation, closes 13 December 2013

Adapted from the post on the Council’s Consultation Hub, the Council’s Regulatory Committee is interested in the public’s views on street trading and the operation of markets in the city.

Closing date for online submissions:  13 December 2023.

Should you have any queries or concerns, or wish to share your views with NTBCC – please contact us by email to

For many years the Council has controlled street trading and the operation of markets by requiring these activities to be licensed.

A Street Trader’s Licence is needed to sell goods or services on the street – for example:

  • selling tourist gifts on the Royal Mile
  • ice cream vans
  • pedicabs
  • street food vans

A Market Operator’s licence is needed to operate a market where goods are offered for sale by more than one seller.

Requiring a licence for these activities means that the Council can check to make sure that they help to keep the city safe, clean, well-maintained and attractive. Street trading and markets should also provide more choice for customers, promoting and protecting the economic wellbeing of the city.

All licence holders are vetted during the application process to ensure that they are ‘fit and proper’ to hold a licence.  This means that Police Scotland carries out a criminal convictions check to ensure that the applicant is a suitable person to hold a licence and meet the conditions of being a licence holder.

On 1 May 2023 the Regulatory Committee agreed to review the current Street Trading and Market Operator Policy, particularly about the licensing of these activities in the city centre. This is because there have been several changes in the city since the policy was originally agreed. For instance, there have been changes to the layout of popular street trading locations such as The Mound Precinct and Playfair Steps. Demand for the return of street trading locations at Hunter Square and the High Street continues. This must be balanced against the desire of organisers of temporary events for use of these locations.

Full details can be found here: Street Trading and Market Operators – City of Edinburgh Council – Citizen Space