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Catering Trailer on Private Land 
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Licences & Permits 
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Trading at Various Festivals and Events? 
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Is It Legal to Set-Up a Catering Van on a Busy Road 
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Mobile Catering License Caribbean Cuisine 
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Do I Need Planning Permission to Trade From Private Car Park 
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Catering Trailer from owned property? 
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What Permit Do I Need for Food Cart on Wheels  
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Catering Van in Lay By 
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Setting Up Coffee Business in House.  
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Comercial Waste Mobile Catering  
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Selling Tea and Coffee From a Vintage Caravan 
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Portable Cabin Snack Bar Business on Private Property 
We are looking into turning a Portable cabin on private property (industrial estate) into a snack bar/cafe. Do we need to seek planning permission …

Planning Permission In Tesco Car Park 
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Run Coffee Catering Trailer Business From My Own Driveway 
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Catering Pitch Who Has Permission  
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Burger Van Moved Of a Clearway Layby 
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Would I Be Refused a Mobile Catering Licence With Criminal Record? 
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Catering Permit and Licence - Southern Ireland 
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Mobile Catering on Private Land And Street Trading Licence? 
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Proof or Legal Documentation When Buying Mobile Catering Trailer 
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Ready to Buy Mobile Catering Business - Does This Deal Sound Right to You? 
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Ex Army Setting Up A Catering Trailer What Next? 
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How Do I Find The Land Owner On A Industrial Estate 
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Snack Van Around a Rail Station 
I am looking into an opportunity to start a snakc van around a rail station. Do I need to speak to the council regarding the permission? Or do I need …

Saturday Morning Sandwich Stall 
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Burger Trailer On Own Land 
We have run a burger van for 3 months on our own land the side of a highway it’s doing really well and we love it. We have had food hygiene out and passed …

LPG or Diesel Generator 
If only using only LPG for all catering equipment, how can I use toaster and microwave and lighting?

Driving Licence To Drive Catering Van 
What kind of driving licence do i need to drive a mobile snack van? Not a catering trailer but an actual van?

Mobile Catering Trading In Oxford Street London 
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Ice Cream Van Business 
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Lease/Tennancy Agreements For Mobile Food Trailer 
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Mobile Catering Not Allowed to Trade in Lay By 
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Market Trading With Mobile Catering Trailer 
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How Do I Go About Applying For Permission To Start Mobile Catering Business 
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Catering Van On Own Land Providing Services to School Children & Parents? 
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I Sat on This Road All Day and Counted 124 Trucks - Start Mobile Catering  
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Made Redundant Last Week and At 48 It’s Not Easy to Find a Job 
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Are There Size Restrictions for Mobile Catering Vans on Council Land or Private Car Parks? 
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Is there a Mobile Catering Trailer that will fit a domestic garage? 
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Mobile Catering Outside My Local Public House 
Hi can I trade outside my local public house, it will be on their land and off the main road, and it will run during normal hours, can I trade.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Start Mobile Catering 
What qualifications are needed to get started in mobile catering? Also how do I get a pitch or can i just park up in a lay by and start trading?

Can i Pitch My Burger Van on My Land and Trade 
I wanted to know if I bought a burger van can I put it on my land at the front of my house and trade from there.

Which Exact Health and Hygiene Certs are Required for Mobile Catering Trailer  
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Food Trailer Business Outside Pet Shop Business? 
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Mobile Catering Licence Needed for Trading on Streets 
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Planning Permission - Mobile Catering 
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What License is Needed for Ice Cream Bike Business 
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Recently Bought a Van to Use as a Snack Van? 
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Selling Beer in My Mobile Catering Van Busines 
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2 Mobile Catering Pitches in 2 Different Locations? 
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Mobile Catering Update - Found Somewhere to Trade, 
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Street Trading License and Trading During the Night 
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Do I Need a License To Operate on Private Land? 
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How Much is a Traders Licence? 
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Do I Need License To Help Mobile Catering Business 
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Do I Need To Go to College To Start Mobile Catering Business? 
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Planning Restrictions on Lay By - Please help! 
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Mobile Catering - What Licence and Certificates are Required? 
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Mobile Catering - Planning Permission and Council Soaring Fees 
Hi David, just thought I would let you know how I'm getting on after writing before. Well after driving around for a couple of weeks it seemed there …

Do I Need Qualifications To Start Mobile Catering 
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Roadside Bans For Mobile Catering 
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Setting up a Small Catering Kiosk on a Council Run Park 
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New Licence For Mobile Catering? 
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Mobile Catering Outside a Busy Bus Garage? 
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Mobile Catering - Possible Problems With Council 
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What Permission Do You Need To Start a Mobile Catering Business  
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Licences for my burger van on a building site? 
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Roadside Permits For Mobile Catering Trailer-Van 
Do I need any permits to park a van at the roadside and sell hot &cold drinks and snacks, this road is a public highway

How Much Does It Cost For Your Traders Licence from the Council 
Can you tell me how much will it cost me to get a traders licence from my local council? Regards Alyson

Mobile Catering Licence 
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Mobile Catering Licence- What Do I Need. 
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Is It Possible To Run a Catering Van Business From Your Driveway? 
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What does a mobile catering trailer legally need to have???? 
Hi- really helpful site..Mobile catering appears a bit of a minefield!!!!!! I'm new to this, but like many people, I'm sick of the employee thing and …

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I am at college doing my NVQ level 3 and i am trying to set up my own catering business from home 
I am a qualified chef and currently doing my advanced course, i would really like to start looking at setting up a catering business from home to help …

Setting Up a Small Catering Van Business 
Would like to set up a catering van on an a road in Yorkshire,however this road runs through National Trust land. Do we need permission from them or can …

Chip Man Used to Drive Up On Our Estate with His Mobile Fish and Chip Van  
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What Certificates, Licenses Do i Need To Start and Run a Catering Trailer/snack Bar Business 
Hi, i am going to start my own catering trailer/snack bar, just need to find out what certificates licenses do i need to start and run catering trailer/snack …

Parking a Catering Trailer in a Residential Area?  
Hi David, I have another question about future parking for my fast food trailer. Depending on the chosen site I choose to trade from I may need to bring …

Small Business Information Needed 
I am looking to set up a mobile catering business and I have a query about the right license in UK. What kind of license do I need to start my business, …

Festival and Local Council Licence  
Hi I am planning on running a mobile catering trailer at county shows, festivals ect. From a variety of locations and councils not from a permenent …

Interested in Running a Catering Trailer in Ireland 
im interested in running a catering trailer for events and fairs etc in ireland. Do you know what licences, permissions, i may need, it will be mostly …

£2200 For A Street Trading Consent???????? 
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Inspired Me To Start My Own Small Business 
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Thinking of Trading Outside a College 
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Mobile Catering on Prison Land 
hi i have been giving permission from the governor of our local prison.To set up my catering van three days a week to serve staff and visitors Do i …

Start Cooking - Mobile Catering Unit 
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Can I Use a Parking Bay? 
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Not Sure About Where To Trade My Catering Trailer 
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Do I Need a Street Traders Licence to Trade for My Catering Business 
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Permission To Trade On Private Land - Mobile Catering 
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I Approached a Lot of People About Mobile Catering 
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Car Boots/fairs/shows 
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