A pedlar’s certificate is a document authorising the bearer to sell goods or services door-to-door anywhere in the UK for up to 12 months.
You must also:
be of good character (have no previous convictions recorded) and intend in good faith to carry on the trade of Pedlar
move from town to town
travel and trade on foot from house to house
not sell from a fixed point or points (for example in one case somebody was selling wrapping paper from a bag at their feet and this was deemed as a fixed stand)
Find out more below, including how to apply for a pedlar’s certificate and the details you’ll need to support your application.
What is a pedlar?
As per the Pedlar’s Act 1871, a ‘pedlar’ is a self-regulated, certified, pedestrian service provider, travelling and trading within any part of the UK, carrying to sell or exposing for sale any goods.
In simple terms, this means any person who travels on foot, going from town to town or house to house selling goods or offering their skills in handicrafts and selling such things as pictures, dusters and household goods.
The Pedlars Act 1871 protects our civil liberty to freely trade in public under the authority of a pedlar's certificate.