Car boot sales

Car boot sales, together with other temporary markets, are controlled by the District Council using the provisions of section 37 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

Am I eligible?

The main requirement is that any person intending to hold a temporary market must give the District Council at least one month's notice. No notice is required if the proceeds of the sale are to be applied solely or principally for charitable, social, sporting or political purposes.

To protect established market rights at sites such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth, the District Council has imposed conditions on temporary markets located within a six and two thirds mile radius of these towns.  Primarily these conditions prohibit commercial traders from selling items at temporary markets by requiring that privately registered vehicles only are allowed.

Any site may be used for a maximum of 14 temporary markets per calendar year, unless planning permission for more occasions has been obtained.

The Council does not currently charge a fee for this notification.

Regulation summary

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 (section 37)



Apply to hold a car boot sale


Car Boot Sales Application Form [PDF 12KB]