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Car Boot Sales - Commercial/Charitable

This page contains information on setting up a car boot sale.
You might also be interested in the Sunday Car Boot Sale at the Wholesale Market.

A car boot sale is an outdoor sale where people sell unwanted possessions, usually from the boots of their cars. Commercial car boot sales will not be permitted.
There are various fees and conditions that apply when seeking permission to operate a car boot sale. This page provides information regarding fees rules and restrictions of using a car boot sale.

Goods permitted and not permitted to be sold

Vendors can only sell or display their own domestic items that they no longer require these are normally described as the following:

  • books
  • records
  • small second-hand domestic furniture
  • second-hand domestic equipment
  • ornaments and other miscellaneous items and goods (bric-a-brac)

Vendors are not permitted to sell new items and goods "brought in for re-sale, this also includes ornaments and other miscellaneous items and goods (bric-a-brac).

Fees & Conditions

When applying for a car boot sale there are a number of fees and conditions that are in effect. Some of the fees and conditions are outlined in this section. For a full description of the fees and conditions please see the application form below.

  • Commercial car boot sales will not be permitted.
  • A license fee of £54.60 to be received by Birmingham City council Trading Services Division with each application.
  • The event may be inspected by an officer. If is found that if there are more than 50 car boots being let the operator will be charged £1.00 per unit unless prior agreement has been made.
  • All income from customer purchases must benefit the charitable organisation that was stated in the application.


Paying an invoice for Market Services

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 legislative information

Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982

Birmingham City Council Market Rights


Contact Us

For further help or information Telephone: 0121 303 0254 or 0121 303 0001.
You can also get in touch by sending an e-mail to: marketstalls@birmingham.gov.uk