Street trading is an illegal activity. For serious breaches or repeat offenders, fines can and will be issued under the Local Government Act.
Council Officers patrol commercial centres to assist with the efficient and safe function of local and town centres and will act where street trading is found in operation.
Illegal or unauthorised street trading activity can range from sellers of counterfeit DVDs to vegetables and cooked food.
Street trading is an unfair practice as it impacts on legitimate businesses that are operating in accordance with relevant legislation. Council must offer these businesses a degree of protection against illegal trading.
Council Officers use education of illegal street traders as the preferred method of dealing with unauthorised activity.