Casual Trading is regulated by the Casual Trading Act 1995, as amended, together with Cork City Council’s Casual Trading Byelaws. It is an offence under this Act to trade without a valid casual trading licence. Casual Trading is divided into Designated Area trading and Special Event trading.
Casual Trading Licences are also issued for special events in the city, where an individual wishes to sell goods in the vicinity of an event for the day or days the event is taking place e.g. GAA matches, St Patrick’s Day parade etc. The number of pitches is often limited, due to Gardaí requirements, safety requirements and/or space restrictions. Traders are advised to apply a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of an event, using the Special Event Casual Trading Licence Application Form (CT2). You are advised to contact the Property Department office in advance of submitting your application form to check if casual trading licences are being issued for the particular event.
Cork City Council also organises specialist festival markets which take place in conjunction with festivals being held in the city e.g. Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, etc. Such markets are usually confined to food traders only, but can sometimes include craft or other stalls. If you wish to register your interest in applying for these markets, please complete the Festivals Application Form (CT3) – your details will be kept on file for future markets. Festival Market Managers/Organisers are required to complete Application Form (CT4).
The acceptance of any application by Cork City Council does not guarantee the granting of a licence. Traders in foodstuffs must be registered with the Health Services Executive and must comply with the requirements of the local HSE Environmental Health Office. All traders must carry their own Public, Product and Employers Liability Insurance. Where licences are granted, Cork City Council is obliged to provide each trader’s name, address and PPS No to the Minister for Social Welfare and the Revenue Commissioners:
Completed forms should be submitted to:
Corporate Affairs Directorate,
Cork City Council,
Opening hours: 9.00am.to 5.00pm. (Monday to Friday) excluding public holidays. Cash Office opening hours 9.00am to 1.00 pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Telephone: 021-4924258, 021-4924259, 021-4924334