We have today had word from a resident of the Leavesden development on Main Rd, Biggin Hill, that once again door to door salesmen have descended upon the area. We have also heard through Facebook a number of people complaint of having unwanted door to door salesmen in the Biggin Hill Area.
Unfortunately, the police have as yet been unable to track any of them down to verify their credentials, but we would urge caution should any of these individuals arrive on your doorstep.
We have cut and pasted below the relevant page from the Government’s website that details Pedlar’s certification.
Recent interactions have shown that most of the door to door salespeople operating in our area merely have a home-printed identity document.
Please be extra vigilant should you come across these individuals, as they may well be unlicensed and selling inferior goods, at largely inflated prices.
If you are approached by a pedlar and believe that they do not have the appropriate certification (after requesting proof of identification), then please telephone Police on 101.
You can’t apply for this licence online. Contact your local council.
You may need a pedlar’s certificate if you sell door to door or in the street without a stall or fixed location.
To be a pedlar you must:
- trade on foot
- carry your goods with you (although case law has suggested that a small means of transporting goods may be acceptable)
- generally keep on the move, pausing to make sales
How to apply
Certificates are issued by the police in the area in which you have resided for the previous month. You must be above 17 years of age, a person of good character, and in good faith intend to trade as a pedlar.
A fee of £12.25 will be charged and the certificate will remain in force for one year.
Once issued you are entitled to trade as a pedlar in any part of the UK providing the certificate remains in force. But you should note that in some local authority areas, and across London pedlary is restricted to door to door selling.
Certificates are not required by commercial travellers, sellers of fish, fruit, or victuals or people selling at markets or fairs.
If you fall outside the definition of pedlar you may be a street trader and require a street traders’ licence.
You must produce your licence on request.
Fines and penalties
If you trade as a pedlar without a certificate or give or lend your licence to someone else to use, you may be fined up to £200. If you provide false information to obtain a licence, forge, help forge or carry or use a forged licence you may be fined up to £200, imprisoned for up to six months or both. Your licence will be endorsed to show any convictions.