Key announcements

Our council tax and benefits online systems and forms may be unavailable on Saturday 21 May between 8am and 2pm due to planned maintenance. Details of how to offer support to Ukraine residents fleeing war, and where to find information and advice are on our City of Sanctuary webpage

Getting permission to hold a market, fair or car boot

If you would like to hold a one off or an occasional market, fair or car boot in Birmingham, you must apply for a licence from the council. Your application must be received at least 28 days before your event is due to take place.

Even if the fair or market is on private land, you must get permission if the public can access your event. If you don’t, both you and the landowner could be prosecuted.

There is no limit on the number of one or two day weekday fairs you can apply to hold. To prevent local disruption, we may restrict the number of weekend fairs you can hold.

Car boot sale restrictions

All the money you make from letting car boot space must go to charity, and this must be identified in your application. Commercial car boot sales are not permitted under any circumstances.

Application process

We will process your application within 21 days and will contact you to request payment by telephone. If you intend to pay by cheque and have not received our decision within 10 working days of your planned event, please email us and include your application reference number.

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