Car boot sales

Important notice

In order to support the government’s decision and minimise social gatherings all car boot / table top sales are cancelled until further notice. 

This is part of the national effort to help manage the spread of the coronavirus. Wakefield Council will continue to closely monitor and act on the latest Government advice and will reinstate procedures as soon as it is safe to do so.


Car boot sales are popular events but can only be organised by sporting, political, social or charitable organisations. As car boot sales are classed as markets, we have a policy for licensing such events. Table top sales also come into this category and are subject to the same rules and regulations as car boot sales.

It is important that organisers notify us of their intention to hold a car boot sale or table top sale. We have sole Market Franchise rights to regulate the operation of markets throughout the Wakefield District. Any organisation that intends to hold a car boot sale or table top sale within Wakefield District must apply for approval.

Car boot sales

 A list of the car boot sales that have been authorised to take place across the district is available below. Although the list is accurate at time of updating we cannot guarantee the car boot will go ahead, therefore we advise before travelling that you contact the organiser to check.

  • There are currently no car boots scheduled, please check again later.

How to apply

An application for a car boot sale or table top sale must be made no later than six weeks before the date of the event. Note that the Council charges a fee for approving an application. Please return a completed Car Boot Sale Application Form (CB5) either by post or in person to the address under 'Contact Us' (right). Alternatively, you can apply on-line via the website.

Along with the application form you will need to provide the following as required by the provisions of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982:

  • Plan of the site
  • Public liability insurance certificate - minimum £5 million
  • Approval for use of land - confirmation of the land owner's approval for the use of the land

Failure to provide the above may result in a prosecution by the Council.

You are also advised to read our Car Boot Sale Regulations (CB6).

Contact us

Specialist Markets and Events Team