Street trading during the current health emergency

All permanent licences have been suspended with their associated street trading charges with effect from 16 March 2020 and this was been communicated to our traders on Friday 20 March 2020. This message was reinforced in another email confirming to all traders (permanent and temporary) that if they wished to continue trading they were required to submit an application for a temporary licence to the street trading team and that no trading should take place until it had been authorised.

Temporary licences will only be approved and issued to those traders selling the items permitted in the Governments updated guidance issued on 23 March 2020, which are:

  • Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.
  • All Retail with the notable exemptions to close
    • The notable exemptions are - supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies, including non-dispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, launderettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices and banks
  • Food delivery and takeaways can remain operational

Temporary Licences will therefore only be issued to street traders selling the following items:

  • Grocery and Food (fruit and veg, bakery products, meat, eggs, cheese etc) (farmers Markets)
  • Home and hardware goods
  • News agents (news and confectionery kiosks)
  • Pet stalls
  • Hot food takeaway and deliveries

Refill Station Camden

Due to current circumstances, the Refill Station is temporarily closed. We will update this page once it reopens.

What is the Refill Station

We have teamed up with Hemingway Design to build Refill Station Camden—our first trailer stall made from reclaimed and recycled materials.

Refill Station Camden sells unpackaged grains, liquids and cleaning products to customers with their own reusable bags, mugs or boxes. Biodegradable, recyclable or reusable storage containers are also be available.

We are partnering with local entrepreneurs, businesses, and market traders to help promote and sell local, ethical products and services to Camden residents at affordable prices.

This project is part funded by the London Waste & Recycling Board, and is supported by the North London Waste Authority and Fair-well.

Where can I find the Refill Station

From January 2020, Refill Station Camden is mainly based at Queen’s Crescent Market.

Ice-cream vans in Camden—public consultation

We want to ensure that ice cream trading across the borough is fair and safe. We are working to tackle ice cream van engine idling and unregulated trading—education, enforcement and regulation. During Summer 2019, “No unlicensed ice cream trading” signage was posted on the 40 streets prohibited for ice cream sales in Camden. Enforcement resources and patrols have been increased in prohibited ice cream sale streets. We issue fines and move on ice cream traders operating in the area.

Consultations will also take place to discuss the development of 6 areas within the borough where Camden will experiment with licensed ice cream trading permitted throughout the day. Vans would be allowed to trade so long as they operate with their engines switched off as well as a number of other licence requirements to include healthy choices and clear pricing, all designed to deal with common issues raised by residents and organisations.

Ice cream licensing consultation.

Free Healthy Start vouchers accepted at Chalton Street Market

If you are pregnant or have a young child under four you could be eligible to get Healthy Start vouchers, which can be exchanged for milk, infant formula, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.

You can use your vouchers at the Chalton Street Market fruit and veg stall, every Friday between 10am-4pm. You can either ‘pick your own’ or choose a ready-made fruit and veg bag.