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All the information you need to apply for a pedlar's certificate

What happens if my application for a pedlar's certificate is refused?

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If we refuse to grant you a certificate, we will let you know by letter. 

You will also receive your photographs back and be issued a full refund.

How much does it cost?

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The fee is £12.25. You can pay by cheque or postal order. Nottinghamshire Police no longer accepts cash payments.

Cheques and postal orders must be made payable to the 'Nottingham Office of the PCC'.

My application for a pedlar's certificate has been refused, can I appeal the decision?

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Yes, you can appeal to your local county court. 

They will access your application and make a decision. 

You should make your appeal in writing and within seven days of the refusal.

What does a pedlar's certificate allow me to do?

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You may trade door-to-door or in the street, providing you are constantly moving around and only stop for the purpose of a sale. 

It doesn't allow you to trade from a static point, for example, a market stall.

How long my application take to process?

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We aim to process applications as soon as possible, however they could take up to 28 days.

I live outside Nottinghamshire, can I still apply for a pedlar's certificate from you?

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No. The law states applicants must apply to the police force that covers the area where they live.

I have just moved to Nottinghamshire, can I apply for a pedlar's certificate?

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Yes, but you must have lived in Nottinghamshire for at least one month before you can apply.

I want to employ others to sell my goods. Can they act as a pedlar under my certificate?

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No, each individual acting as a pedlar must have their own certificate, even if they are working for or helping a valid pedlar.

Can my business apply for a pedlar's certificate?

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No. Pedlar's certificates are issued to individuals only. 

If you run a business that sells door-to-door, each individual must apply for a certificate from the police force that covers the area where they live.

I want to set up a stall and sell my goods from it. Will a pedlar's certificate allow for this?

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A pedlar's certificate doesn't allow you to trade from a stall. 

You may trade only from door-to-door, or in an area providing you are moving around and only stop for the purpose of a sale.

I have previous convictions and/or pending prosecutions, will I still be able to get a pedlar's certificate?

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We assess each applicant’s suitability to have a pedlar's certificate. 

Having previous convictions is not an automatic refusal to be granted a certificate, but we will take them into account when making a decision. 

If you have pending prosecutions, we will put your application on hold until all proceedings are finalised.

Applying for a pedlar's certificate

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A pedlar's certificate allows a person to trade (often selling trinkets, household goods and other handmade objects) while they're on foot.

Pedlars can travel from door to door, place to place, or town to town. Applications for a pedlar's certificate can me made to us.

How do I apply?

You should complete an application form. Download one or ask for one at a police station. 

It should be taken to a police station where the enquiry officer will check it and send it off for processing.

You will need to prove your name, date of birth and address, so take some identification and a utility bill or bank statement with you.

You should also take two passport-style photographs.

 

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