Street and square sales

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Street sales are sales activities in public, such as squares, streets, sidewalks, and parks.

When should I apply for a street and square sale permit?

Apply for a permit for a temporary sales activity that takes place in the public domain.

Street and square sales are licensed and are divided into four categories:

  • Individual market sales
  • Day and night sales in the centre of Brussels
  • Neighbourhood Sales

Street and square sales are not covered by seminars, classes, presentations, exhibitions, events and minor charity sales, such as children's and young people's tombs, whether in wagons, cars, containers or in the open air.

All event holdings, including city festivals (such as June 17, Culture Night and Pride), are not covered by street and square sales. Sales licences for such events should be applied for to the Office for Cultural Affairs.

City Web Sight

An overview of the street and square sales areas can be found in the City Web View.

Illustration showing some of the Green Plan actions

How to apply for a street sale permit?

Licenses for street and square sales are applied for electronically.

An invoice for the rental fee will be sent to the person registered for access to Electronic. Companies applying must have an account on their name. The applicant is sent a claim for the rental fee at the home bank.

The year of operation of street and square sales is from May 15 of each year to May 14 of each year.

  • Market sales monocultures – 1 week.
  • Day and night sales area – up to 2 months.
  • Neighborhood area – up to 2 months.
  • Summer sale – up to 2 months.

Licence conditions

Licensee shall always return the clean sales area. Potential damage to city land and road areas will be rectified by the Department of Environmental Protection and Planning at the expense of the relevant licensee. Street and square sale permits are not transferable or subleaseable.

Street and square sales must not compromise the safety and accessibility of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers of traffic. The requirement is that the unobstructed pavement width is at least 1.5 m and that the distance from the operator's entrance with a comparable product is at least 20 m.

The activity must not cause noise or light pollution on or in proximity to the assigned area. The Licensee is not permitted to engage in street and square sales elsewhere than the Licence requires and take up more space than is defined under the Licence.

The load-bearing capacity and the orifices of the unions and squares also have a major impact on the allocation, but these places are not made for heavy weight and/or rotation of large vehicles. The CoR therefore stresses that the trolleys should be lightened and that the best approach should be taken in each case to bring them to and from the sales area without the trolleys being towed by a motor vehicle or other heavy tractor.

How much does the license cost?

The license fee is non-refundable after a license is issued.

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Dining trolleys on June 17th, Reykjavik Pride and Cultural Night

Street and square sales are not allowed at festivals that take place in the city's core, such as June 17, in Pride and on Culture Night.

A special permit is required from the Cultural Events team of the City of Reykjavik, which is responsible for licensing these festivals.

Apply for permission by emailing culture@reykjavik.is

Day and night sales in the city centre

The year of operation of day and night sales starts on May 15 of each year. The minimum period for a licence to be issued is two months.

The day sale is authorised from 09:00-21:00.

The following areas within the city centre core are defined as day sales areas:

  • Schoolyard Hole and France - 2 sales areas (A, C and D). All tractor-vehicle traffic is prohibited in parking 2.
  • Mammary - 2 sales areas (A, C, D and E)
  • Hlemmur - 2 sales areas (A, C, D and E)
  • Arnarhóll - 1 sales area (A and C)
  • Lime kiln road - 1 sales area (A and C)
  • Vitatorg - 4 sales areas (A, C, D and E)
  • Bernhöftstorfa - 2 sales areas (A and C). Any circulation of towing vehicles is prohibited.
  • Sheriff's Park - 3 sales areas (A and C). Any circulation of towing vehicles is prohibited. Please note that no Sheriff's Park permits are granted at this time.

Night sales are allowed from 22:00 – 05:00.

  • You can apply for a sales license for a sales facility in Lækjartorg. There are 4 sales areas. The site allows for the presence of sales facilities in categories A, C, D and E

Summer Sale

Summer sales take place in defined areas of parks. Anyone can apply for a summer sale permit, regardless of the number of annual permits.

Sale is authorized from May 15 to September 15.

Summer sales are only permitted for sales facilities in categories A and C.

Neighbourhood area

Permits are granted for day sales in neighbourhood areas. Sales are authorized from Sales are authorized from 09:00 – 21:00.

Up to 5 vendors can be licensed in the same neighborhood at the same time. Vending vehicles are governed by the principle that they may only be positioned in parking spaces and the distance of the vending facilities shall be 50 m from comparable vending facilities.

A permit should be applied for for a minimum of 3 months.

In a neighbourhood area, it is allowed to have sales facilities in categories A,B, C,D,E and F. Sales facilities should be well adapted to the local environment and approved by the street and square sales committee.

Any more questions?

Enquiries and requests for further information should be addressed to: torgsala@reykjavik.is