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Car boot sales

If you want to run a car boot sale within the boundary of the town centre you will need a licence.

We only issue licences if the money raised from car boot sales benefits local residents and are organised by charitable, sport, educational or community groups.

The boundary is six and two third miles from the charter market in Bedford town centre.  

Apply for a car boot licence

Licences cost £25 and allow up to 10 car boot sales in a calendar year (January to December).

You must be a nominated representative of your organisation and provide the Charity Registration Number where relevant.

Download Car Boot Licence application form (PDF) [link to form]

Send your completed form with a cheque for £25 made payable to Bedford Borough Council to:

Markets Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AP

Contact 01234 718066 or markets@bedford.gov.uk if you have any question about running a car boot sale.