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Mobile Traders and Street Trader Hygiene & Safety Standards

People who operate or, intend to operate, a temporary or mobile food stall or vehicle need to ensure they know how to comply with food and safety law.

Most activities involving mobile or street trading vehicles will require to be licensed. For more information you should visit the council web pages regarding licensed activities . If your business requires to be licenced you will need to obtain a certificate of compliance from environmental health. You will find the following information helpful in making sure you meet the necessary standards of compliance:

  • We have produced an information sheet entitled - pdf icon Are Your Ready for Inspection? [66kb].

  • A pdf icon national standards [64kb] document for mobile traders has been produced through collaboration of enforcement bodies and industry representatives.

  • The pdf icon Street Trader Hygiene Standards [279kb] prepared by environmental health officers from all of the Lothian and Borders councils, gives advice on compliance and good practice. (This document is currently being reviewed. If you have any questions regarding it's content please contact us).

You will also find our other web pages on food safety issues helpful.

If your vehicle sounds chimes, or uses music systems or vehicle horns to attract customers attention you should also be mindful of the time restrictions on how and when they can be used to ensure you do not create a nuisance.

If you are a new business or if there have been significant changes in the operation of your business you will need to complete a food premises registration form.

If you require a licence you cannot trade until you are issued with a valid licence from West Lothian Council. The certificate of compliance we issue is not a licence. It only allows you to make an application for a licence. It is against the law to trade without a licence.