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Casual Trading

Open air trading of goods is covered by the Casual Trading Act 1995 (Casual Trading Act 1995).  Sligo County Council also enforces Sligo County Council Casual Trading Bye Laws 2003 and Sligo Borough Council Casual Trading Bye-Laws 2014 which covers this activity.

To be in compliance with these Bye Laws trading must not take place outside of the zoned areas/ bays and traders must hold a current and valid licence issued by the Local Authority.

For an annual fee, applicants are permitted to trade in one designated bay.  This must be indicated on their application form and will also be stated on the issued licence.

Under the Casual Trading Act 1995 (Section 14) it is an offence to trade without a licence and outside the designated areas. Sligo County Council's Litter Wardens, regularly patrol the trading areas.


Market Locations

Sligo County Council’s designated Trading Bays can be found in the following locations:

  • Riverstown
  • Dromore West
  • Coolaney
  • Tubbercurry
  • Ballymote
  • Rosses Point
  • Enniscrone.
  • Market Place (Yard), Sligo City


Market Days


Market LocationMarket DaysMarket Produce/Products
Market LocationMarket DaysMarket Produce/Products

Thursdays and Fridays
2nd Wednesday of each month

Fruit and veg
Ballymote Thursdays and Saturday mornings Fruit and veg, shrubs and plants, eggs, poultry, fresh fish
Riverstown Fridays Fruit and veg, fresh fish
Market Yard Fridays and Saturdays

Fridays: Fresh fish, fruit and veg, eggs, poultry, home baked goods, clothing

Saturdays:  Fruit and veg

Casual Trading Licences for Events

A Casual trading Event Licence may be issued to a person/ Market operator/ Event organiser wishing to engage in Casual Trading during an Event.  Such licences will prescribe the location for trading and will be subject to the regulations and conditions as specified by Sligo County Council. 


Licence Fees

Sligo County Council Casual Trading Bye Laws 2003

Location:  Riverstown, Dromore West, Coolaney, Tubbercurry, Ballymote, Rosses Point, Enniscrone

Annual Licence fee per location - €507
One day event Licence fee - €50


Sligo Borough Council Casual Trading Bye-Laws 2014

Location:  Market Place (Yard)

Trading Bay Number’s: 3A, 7, 8

Annual Fee for 12 Month Period €400
Minimum Fee for 6 Month Period €230


Trading Bay No’s: 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 

Annual Fee for 12 month Period €540
Minimum Fee for 6 Month Period €300


Event Casual Trading Licence:

Location: (Sligo City)

Fee for an individual applying for a Casual Trading Licence to trade during an event - €50 per stall per day


Fees for a Market Operator/Event Organiser to hold a Market during an Event:

€50 per trading stall for 3 days
€20 per trading stall per day


Apply for a Licence

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding Casual Trading please contact the Environment Section on 071 9111457 or email

Completed applications can be returned to Environmental Services, Sligo County Council, Riverside, Sligo.


Casual Trading Downloads

Meet the Traders

Charlie, an employee of “Michael Gannon & Sons Ltd” selling Eggs, Poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables in Ballymote Saturday mornings, Market Yard Fridays
Charlie Gildea
Charlie Gildea selling fresh fish in Market Yard, Sligo town Fridays
Eileen Keaveney
Eileen Keaveney selling home baking and free range eggs every Friday in the Market Yard Sligo city
Terry McConnell
Terry McConnell selling fresh fruit and vegetables Fridays in Market Yard Sligo city
Leo, an employee of “Ireland West Seafare Ltd” selling fresh fish in Ballymote Thursdays and Market Yard Sligo city on Fridays
Mohammad Adnan
Mohammad Adnan selling men’s and women’s clothing every Friday in Market Yard Sligo city
Sean Gorman
Sean Gorman selling fresh fruit and vegetables in Ballymote Thursday, Tubbercurry Fridays, Market Yard Sligo town Saturdays
Helen O’Hara
Helen O’Hara selling plants and shrubs in Ballymote Thursdays and Saturday mornings