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Subsidiary Markets

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Birmingham City Council Market Rights

Birmingham City Council has a statutory franchise to hold Markets and Fairs within the Boundaries of Birmingham. Birmingham City Council, as a Market Authority, can claim common law protection from Rival Markets and Fairs set up anywhere within a distance of 6 2/3 miles of Markets operated by the Council. This applies equally to Rival Markets outside the City Boundary, which are within 6 2/3 miles of Markets operated by the Council.

Enforcement of Market Rights

This franchise has been upheld by the High Court in several cases, in particular in the case of Birmingham Corporation - Perry Barr Stadium Limited (1972) and Birmingham Corporation - In Shops plc (1992). In both cases Birmingham City Council was successful in obtaining Interlocutory Injunctions, with substantial costs having to be paid by the rival operators.

Definition of a Market

A Market (or Fair) is a on course of Buyers and Sellers and any person who takes ground space or premises and engages in attracting or letting space, accommodation, stalls etc to sellers, on whatever basis of payment or acknowledgement, and invites buyers, is likely to be operating a Market.

This includes Car Boot Sales and Markets or Fairs of any type, including antiques, coins, stamps, picture postcards, toys, memorabilia, collectors items, auto-jumbles, cars, arts and crafts or merely miscellaneous goods.

Applications to hold a Market

If you wish to hold a Market, apply and are successful, you will be required to pay an acknowledgement fee in respect of Birmingham City Market Rights. The number of Markets allowed is strictly limited and is usually restricted to areas where none exist at present.

For further help or information:-
Telephone: 0121 303 0258
or email:

If you receive an invoice for Market Services visit our How to Pay page for details on the various methods for which payment can be made.

Other Subsidiary Markets:

Chelmsley Wood Market Hall: Greenwood Way, In-Shops: 0121 788 0708
Monday to Saturday: 9am-5.30pm

Erdington Market: Barnabas Road: 0121 373 1862

Harborne Market: Vivian Road: 0121 624 4666

Kings Heath: 74~76 High Street: 0121 444 2448

Northfield Market Centre: Bristol Road South, In-Shops: 0121 478 0750
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Oasis Market: Corporation Street, Libcol Limited: 0121 233 4488
Monday to Friday: 10am-5.30pm, Saturday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Sutton Coldfield Market: The Parade, In-Shops: 0121 345 7677
Monday to Saturday: 9am-5.30pm

Weoley Castle Market: Castle Square: 0121 427 1822
Monday and Tuesday: 9am-5pm,
Wednesday: 9am-1.30pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am-5.30pm

Wilton Precinct: High Street, In-Shops: 0121 350 4329
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays

One-Shop Shopping Centre: Walsall Road, In-Shops: 0121 344 3947
Monday to Saturday: 9am-6pm

Any enquiries for Inshops can be Emailed to enquiries@inshopsretail.com