NEW licence fees for sellers at private markets and car boot sales have been approved by Barnsley Council - in a hope to promote economic growth.

To allow private markets and car boot sales to operate across the borough without damaging local markets, the council has adopted a similar scheme as other local authorities, following approval by its Cabinet members.

To promote economic growth across the borough a new licensing fee structure has been agreed for those who run events in which goods are sold by individuals who pay to the market operator a charge for use of the pitch.

The council will adopt these policies on car boots and private markets to bring Barnsley in line with other local councils. It will also allow more market type events per year in comparison with the previous market policy.

Events that constitute a fayre in a school hall or community centre, where the majority of stalls are manned by volunteers and the income is going to charity, political, social or sporting funds will not need to apply for a licence.

"This will assist with increasing economic output in the borough," said Cllr Roy Miller. "It will also support smaller charitable organisations."

The new structure is as follows:

Charitable and outside school events will have their first two events in the year free then £30+ VAT will be charged per event day for all other events afterwards.

Non-commercial outdoor car boot sales and community markets with up to 50 vendors operated by a ‘defined organisation’ will be charged £50+ VAT per event day up to a maximum of 14 per annum.

Commercially-operated car boot sales with up to 50 vendors will be charged £100+ VAT per day, regardless of the number actually attending.

Commercially-operated car boot sales with 51 to 100 vendors will be charged £200+ VAT per day, regardless of the number actually attending.

Specialist commercial markets will be charged £2,500 per annum.

Specialist commercial markets with over 12 events per annum will be charged by negotiation.

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