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Become a Market Stall Holder

How to become a market stall holder at Colchester Market


  • How to become a market stall holder
  • Cost of market stalls
  • Selling food items
  • Frequently asked questions

Become a Market Stall Holder 

Pitches are available on Colchester High Street on Fridays and on Culver St East on Saturdays. The Market is currently trialling changes to its operation in partnership with Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

You will be assigned a pitch depending on the size you require as well as ensuring traders do not sell the same type of goods as nearby shops or other market stall holders.

Market Traders are allocated a pitch only. The operator does not provide a canopy or fitments. Some of these pitches may be suitable for small mobile vehicles or trailers. Any internal fitments and display materials will need to be provided by you (for example hanging rails, tables, banners). Mains electric hook-up is available on request.

Apply to be a Market Stall Holder

Colchester Charter Market has a waiting list in operation and how long you remain on the list will depend on the type of goods you wish to sell. We operate a balance of trade policy to ensure traders do not sell the same type of goods as nearby shops and other stall holders.
Once a position has been offered, you will be permitted to trade as a Casual Trader for two weeks to see if trading is viable. Should you wish to continue trading you will be asked to commit to a month’s trading paid in advance. Market stall payments are payable whether you trade or not.
More information can be found on the Information and Regulations page.

Cost of Charter Market pitches

Friday pitch - £25.00

Saturday pitch - £25.00

Electricity (per day) - £1.10

Fees include wastage and must be paid in advance of trading.

Selling food items 

If you are intending to sell food items, please read the Health and Safety documents. More information can be found on the Information and Regulations page

Please note that you will receive a visit from our Environmental Health Officer whilst trading and they will to make an assessment whether the Health and Safety Regulations are being adhered too. 

Insurance and Right To Work documentation 

Traders must hold Public Liability Insurance with a minimum indemnity of £5 million. If a trader employs paid or unpaid assistance with set up, pack down or trading, then they must also hold Employer's Liability Insurance with a minimum indemnity of £10 million. The Primary stall-holder must be able to show Proof of Right to Work in the UK (valid Passport, work permit or vignette) for all paid or unpaid workers on the stall.

Trading hours 

The market site will be available for setting up between 6am and 9am on a staggered loading schedule. Stallholders must be set up ready to trade between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Stallholders vehicles must be removed with the times given for their pitch and will not be allowed back on site until their allocated time.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

Will I get a refund if I have already paid to trade but I am/ have been unable to trade on some of these days? 

No refund will be granted for any period where the primary stallholder, or the stallholder, is unable to use a stall from the site for whatever reasons whatsoever. Market stall payments are payable whether you trade or not as the pitch has been designated to you. 

Are Market traders entitled to holiday? 

Yes there is a holiday entitlement and this will depend on the amount of days the trader trades.  The Council reserves the right to refuse holiday requests for any reason whatsoever if it feels that there would be a detrimental effect to the financial viability of the Market. 

What can I do if I have a problem with another market trader or street trader? 

Disciplinary matters and disputes will in the first instance be dealt with by the market inspector and if necessary be referred to the appropriate Council Officer.  Breaches of rules or regulations will be discussed with the stallholder and they will be asked to correct any breaches or comply with any rules in the first instance. 

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