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Boston May Fair

Boston Borough Council and the Showman's Guild are pleased to announce that for the first time on Sunday 5th May 11am-1pm the May Fair on Bargate Green Car park and Wide Bargate will be opening without sound. This will enable families with children with additional needs to enjoy the delights of the May Fair without the sensory overload that can sometimes prevent some of them enjoying the experience.

Car Boot Sale Permit

Information on car boot sale permit requirements and how to apply

Car boot sale permit

A permit is required to hold a car boot sale within 6 2/miles of Boston town centre.

We will consider granting permission for car boot sales under the following conditions.

  • Any space letting fee goes wholly to charity or other recognised voluntary organisations
  • Sales can only be from cars and if stalls or tables are used they must have been carried in the boot of that car to the sale
  • No more than four car boot sales shall be held at a particular site in any one year
  • Only private individuals shall be permitted to sell surplus household articles. No commercial traders will be allowed; and
  • No car boot sales shall be held on a Wednesday or Saturday within 62/miles of Boston town centre.

Guidance notes

  1. The object of this system is to preserve the rights of the council under their Market Charter and to stop the growing practice of professional stall holders attending car boot sales and setting up what can be in effect a market
  2. Sales will be monitored to ensure that the conditions are being complied with. Contravention of the conditions may result in any future application being jeopardised
  3. Please note that condition two prohibits the use of vehicles other than cars (for example, vans, trailers, transit vans, caravans and buses).
  4. If the car boot sales are held on Sundays then legislation with regard to Sunday Trading must be observed.

A copy of the application form for permission to hold a car boot sale can be downloaded from this website or is available from the council offices.

Application for a permit to hold a car boot sale can be made by returning a completed application form to us.

There is no fee charged for a permission to hold a car boot sale.


For any enquiries please telephone 01205 314235. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).