Mobile Street Artist Consent


A mobile street artist is defined as a person who sketches/paints and only sells his/her own work, who has no fixed location, but with local authority consent moves from location to location.


An identification badge issued by Bath & North East Somerset Council must be worn in a conspicuous position on the upper body at all times whilst trading.


Initial Administration Fees

Application Fee (non returnable):  £31
Badge Fee:  £10


Daily Charges

Sunday to Friday:  £9 per day
Saturday:  £18 per day


You may pay over the phone (01225 477531) using a credit or debit card. 

Please note, this fee structure will be changing on 1 April 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must at least 17 years of age to hold a consent. 

Application Form

Please complete the following form to request permission to trade as a mobile artist:

Application Process

On receipt of your application form we will contact you to take your payment.  We will then arrange an appointment for you to come in to:

  • have your photo taken for your ID card
  • sign the declaration
  • receive your permit


All applications must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the required start date.  Any applications made later than this may not be processed and you will not be permitted to begin trading on your required day.


There is no consultation process.


There is no statutory period for determining applications; however, we aim to determine applications within 30 days.

Tacit Consent 

Tacit consent applies.  This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the 30 day target completion period. 

Right of Appeal 

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance. 


Consents are granted subject to the general conditions relating to Street Trading Consents and to the special conditions set out below:


i)  A mobile street artist is defined as a person who only sketches/paints and only sells his/her own art work.

ii)  A mobile street artist has no fixed location but with local authority consent moves from location to location and shall not occupy one location for more than 3 hours and shall not return to that location or within 50 metres of it the same day.

iii)  The artist shall not obstruct the highway nor shall his/her artistic work lead to the highway being obstructed by people gathering to watch the artist at work.

iv)  The artist shall not make use of the street furniture e.g. public seats, lamp posts, railings, walls, pavements etc.

v)  No mobile street artist shall occupy a place within 50 metres of any other mobile street artist or within 50 metres of any other authorised street trading pitch which deals in art or craft work.

vi)  The area occupied by the artist shall not exceed 1.5 m x 1.5 m.

vii)  Each consent shall be issued to a single person and is not transferable to another under any circumstances.

viii)  The permitted trading days and hours will be stipulated on the consent.  Consents will only be issued for trading between the hours of 09:00 and 18:00.

ix)  The Artist shall immediately stop his/her activities in that place when requested to do so by a Police Constable or a Council Officer.


Consents will be granted for the number of days applied for.


Please contact Licensing Services for further guidance.

Relevant Legislation

Trade Associations 


Customer Complaints 

If you believe a mobile artist is trading without consent, please contact Licensing Services

Further Information  


For further information and guidance please phone Licensing Services on 01225 477531 or email

Additional contact details.

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