Reopening markets safely

In line with government guidelines, stalls at our markets have reopened as part of a staged return with new layouts to facilitate social distancing and manage the capacity of market areas.

Our officers have been planning for the reopening of markets for some time, exploring options to do so in a safe way. There are significant challenges involved and it is clear that in the short term at least, our markets will look and feel quite different from what we are used to.

Traders are being asked to look at their operating models and to put plans in place that would allow them to operate in a safe and socially distanced way. Market officers are providing advice and support. Traders who cannot demonstrate that they have proper plans in place will not be allowed to reopen.

For enquiries please emailĀ

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Fees and charges

Before applying please review the current trading and administration fees in Tower Hamlets below.

Voucher books

Market Services operates a voucher system for temporary traders to book pitches.  Books of daily vouchers are available from the Markets Services office for all markets (excluding Whitechapel Road). 

Online accounts

In Whitechapel market we are rolling out our new online system replacing vouchers.

To book a pitch in Whitechapel temporary traders need to top up their online account.  To top up their online accounts traders will need to either come in person or phone the markets office to make payment using chip and pin. 

Advance bookings and on the day booking of pitches in Whitechapel Market will not be possible without sufficient funds in your online account

Day rates

Temporary licence holders

Temporary licence day rates
  Weekdays Saturday Sunday
 Any market  £22.60  £33  £38
 Extra pitch voucher (if available)  £7  £12  £17


In addition, a reduced rate regeneration offer is available for new market traders to Tower Hamlets at selected markets. The offer is available for a three month period from the temporary license’s date of issue.

Regeneration rates
 Monday - Friday £12 per day Saturday £17 per day Sunday £22 per day
 Bethnal Green Road  Bethnal Green Road  Brick Lane
 Chrisp Street  Chrisp Street  Sclater Street
 Roman Road  Roman Road  Cheshire Street
 Watney Street  Roman Road Square  
 Wentworth Street    


Permanent licence holders

Permanent licence day rates
  Per weekday Saturday Sunday
Chrisp Street (normal)  £7  £27  -
Chrisp Street (large)  £8  £47  -
Columbia Road  -  -  £47
Petticoat Lane  £7  -  £34
Whitechapel  £7 £30 -
All other markets  £7  £25  £36
Hot food vendor £20 £30 £36


Additional costs

Additional costs
 Use of public footway or space and display of goods  £1 per square meter per day
 Forecourt trading  £27.55 per week
 Fresh produce and flower waste disposal  Costs shared equally by market