How to get a fixed space on a local market? As an itinerant trader, you must submit your application to the commune directly or by registered mail. Spaces on public markets are generally attributed by pre booking or on the day. These spaces are managed and regulated by a service of the relevant commune or by an operating company which has its own regulations.
The professional trader must hold an itinerant trader card (« carte de marchand ambulant »), delivered by a recognised enterprise service (« guichet d’entreprise »), to occupy a public space for commercial purposes. The trader must also have paid all the relevant fees in order to carry out their business. When a space becomes available on a market, a vacancy notice is usually posted on the commune’s website. You can also refer to the page called « Request for occupation of a public area by an itinerant trader» (Demande d’occupation de la voie publique pour un commerce ambulant. And check the criteria required by the Brussels Region to operate an itinerant trading activity.
Fees may apply to this procedure, please refer to the relevant service of the commune.
Documents you will need to provide
The application file should include a list of documents which may vary according to the commune:
- articles of incorporation
- ID document of the owner
- itinerant trader card
- authority to be a demonstrator
- products that will be sold and the installations that will be used in the display
- meter surface or minimal surface area required
- authorisation from the FASFC, Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (AFSCA, Agence fédérale pour la sécurité de la chaîne alimentaire) if you plan to serve food
- civil liability insurance contract
- name of the market(s).
Most municipal procedures can be found in IRISbox.