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.
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:
- 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
Under section 37 of the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982. Any person that intends to hold a temporary market or to permit the land/space to do so, must give the following period of notice to the council:
- at least 28 days (one month) notice before the date of the market/fair to be held.
- Two months for more than 50 stalls.
A notice period is not required if the income of the temporary market is used solely for charitable reasons.
The notice must also provide the following information:
- the full name and address of the person intending to hold the market;
- the day or days on which it is proposed that the market shall be held and its proposed opening and closing times;
- the site on which it is proposed that it shall be held;
- the full name and address of the occupier of that site, if he is not the person intending to hold the market.
The holding of a market other than in a building without giving the requisite notice renders both the operator and the occupier of the land liable to prosecution under Section 37 of the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org