Car boot sales

Since the Government imposed lock down measures to control Covid-19 in March, new guidance has now been issued to ease the restrictions on social gatherings and the sale of non-essential items. With this in mind we are now starting to look at applications for car boot / table top sales.

With social distancing requirements still being in place, operators need to risk assess the way in which they operate and to make appropriate changes and implement control measures to ensure compliance of operation within the Government legislation and guidance.

As such, in order for applications to be processed and licensed, you are required to read the current government legislation and guidance and agree to implement measures when planning and delivering your event. The health and safety of all involved is paramount including, staff, volunteers, persons selling and members of the public.

You, as the Licensee will need to agree and undertake to:

  • Adhere with all ongoing Government guidance and requirements around COVID 19 and manage the safety of the public, car boot traders and your own staff.
  • Review your operation on a daily basis to ensure that your risk assessment follows the COVID 19 guidance and that you are complying and carrying out actions to address any changes required by the legislation and guidance at the time of your car boot operation
  • Adhere to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

It is really important that you keep up to date with this legislation and guidance and implement any changes in line with this ever changing situation and adapt your operation accordingly.  Should it be found that you are breaching the licence agreement and guidance or not working in line with COVID 19 legislation the licence will be revoked and enforcement action may be taken against you. Please see below links that you might find helpful in order to help you in your planning and operation

Useful links

Guidance for employers and businesses

Guidance for employees

Guidance for food businesses

Working Safely

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Risk Assessments

Further information regarding Social Distancing can be found by visiting:

Please click on the link to download your application pack and terms and conditions.

Completing your application pack does not automatically guarantee you with a licence.

Licence issued subject to terms and conditions.


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