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Trade at St Albans markets

To join the 142 regular traders already on St Albans Markets you will need public liability insurance of at least £5m and you will also need employer’s liability insurance if you have staff working with you. This insurance is included in the £140 cost of NMTF membership and can be obtained for even less through an insurance broker.

All traders selling food need to be registered as a food business. You should do this at least 28 days before opening. Registration of your food business is free and can’t be refused. If you are already trading and have not registered, you need to do so as soon as possible. For more information, please see our Market Rules and Code of Conduct December 2022 edition.

Trade on a market run by St Albans City and District Council

Pitches are 3×3m. Each pitch costs £43 on Wednesday, £55 on Saturday, and £35 for the second Sunday of each month.

  • No lease commitment, legal or agency fees, no credit check
  • Where it is available, there is no charge for using electricity for lights, scales, and tills. Other uses incur a £2 daily charge
  • No turnover rent
  • Free parking for traders on Wednesdays and Saturdays and £1.50 all day parking on Sundays

Busk at St Albans Market

If you are intending to perform on the market, please familiarise yourself with our busking code. This Code is intended to set out a standard which should enable busking to thrive whilst protecting businesses and residents from excessive noise or prolonged exposure to the same performances. For the purposes of this Code of Conduct we consider busking to be defined as street entertainment including, but not limited to, music, singing, fire eating, juggling.

Payments are made online or by credit/debit card.

Traders need to provide their own gazebo or stall, along with adequate weights to secure it to the ground in bad weather. You will also need to bring your own table or means of displaying the goods you are selling. Some pitches may have access to electricity, but this cannot be guaranteed. Traders can bring their own generator if it complies with our generator policy.

We are looking for the following commodities
  • fresh meat
  • fabric
  • fishing, sport, and exercise
  • bedding
  • art and art supplies
  • craft beer and local small batch spirits
  • meal kits
  • vegan-friendly products
  • indoor plants

During pre-election periods we have to comply with restrictions imposed by Section 2 of the Local Government Act 1986, as amended in 1988, and cannot not publish any material which, in whole or in part, appears to be designed to affect public support for a political party. For this reason, we do not accept any bookings from political parties or campaigns during any pre-election period.

Application form

  1. Apply to trade at St Albans Market
  2. Charity pitch.

More information about charity collections in St Albans.

St Albans Antiques Market

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St Albans Antiques Market is run by Corky Events, see the traders page on St Albans Antiques Markets website for information about how to apply to trade on the market.

St Albans Vegan Market

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St Albans Vegan Market is run by the Vegan Market Co, see the traders page on the Vegan Market Co website for information about how to apply to trade on the market.

Harpenden Farmers’ Market

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Harpenden Farmers’ Market is run by Harpenden Town Council. To enquire about joining Harpenden Farmers’ Market, e-mail Harriet Tamke for an application form or further information:

Apply for a charity stall on Harpenden Farmers Market.

Redbourn Village Market

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Redbourne Village Market is run by Redbourn Parish Council. To enquire about joining Redbourne Village Market, fill in the form at their website:

Get help with setting up your stall

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Porters are people who work on a market helping traders put up/store their stall, erect their displays, and porter their stock to their pitch.

The following people are not employed, or vetted, by the Council and you should speak to other traders for recommendations and advice. If you need assistance with your setup you can contact:

If you have a disability or health condition that has been negatively impacting your day-to-day activities for a period of 12 months or longer, you may be entitled to financial support through the government’s Access to Work scheme. This could include paying for the setup and storage of your market equipment.

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If you've never traded on a market before, NMTF provides a fantastic source of information and support for traders. 

Here's a link to their guide to starting to trade: