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Market Hawkers

A Market Hawker is an individual who is licensed to sell by retail from any allocated site within the precincts of an open-air market.

To obtain a licence to act as a Market Hawker, an individual should make an application on the appropriate form (Form B) to the Trade Licensing Unit, within the Commerce Department.  Attached to the application should be two passport photos of the applicant. The application form can be downloaded from here:

A Market Hawker using a motor vehicle to carry out his commercial activity shall have premises available where to garage the motor vehicle and store his goods.  The address of the premises used for this purpose must be clearly indicated on the application.  Any change in the vehicle or garage has to be notified to the Trade Licensing Unit within ten (10) working days after the change occurs.  An application cannot be accepted and processed by the Trade Licensing Unit if the address of the garage or any other address for the store where goods are to be stored are not given.  The Trade Licensing Unit has the right to inspect such premises and to demand any documentation that proves the ownership of the premises when the application indicates the use of such premises by more than one licensee.

The licence issued by the Trade Licensing Unit will indicate the Market Hawker as a non-food licence Hawker or as a food related items licence Hawker.  In the case that this activity concerns the selling of food items prior approval by the Health Authorities must be obtained.

The Environmental Health Directorate can be contacted on 21337333 or by email ​​

The use and provision of public utilities is prohibited.

A licence issued for a Market Hawker is a personal licence which is not transferable and does not permit anybody else to act instead of the licensee.

However, a licence in relation to a Market Hawker operating at the open-air market in Merchants Street, Valletta; Marsaxlokk (daily open-air market except Sunday), it-Tokk Victoria, Gozo and in relation to a kiosk may be transferred subject:

 (a)         to the payment of a fee of €2,329.00 to the relevant authority (provided that such fee shall not be due when the transfer is made in favour of a husband or wife, or any person in the direct descending line, including adopted children, through an inter vivos or causa mortis transmission, on proof of the family relationship to the existing licence holder);

 (b)         that no change is made in the category and condition of licence issued to the previous licensee; and

 (c)          that the transferee makes a declaration to the relevant authority that he is not in possession of another post or stall in the same market or in any other market.

Authorisation from the Local Councils

 A market hawker shall not carry out such activity unless, in relation to a specific open-air market, he has been given the authorization by the Local Council of the locality where the market is situated and so allocated one post in the aforesaid market.  Furthermore, a market hawker shall not be in possession of more than one authorization for a post in a market that operates in the same day and time.

Cessation of commercial activity

Where a market hawker decides to cease carrying out his commercial activity, he should immediately notify the Trade Licensing Unit on the appropriate form.


Where an applicant feels aggrieved by the decision of the Trade Licensing Unit or from any Local Council in respect of a refusal of issuing of a licence, he may file an appeal in writing to the Licensing Appeals Board within ten (10) working days from the date when the applicant or any other person has been notified by the Trade Licensing Unit, in accordance with the provisions of Part VI of Subsidiary Legislation 441.07 - Trading Licences Regulations. The appeal can be sent to ​ or to Commerce Department, Lascaris Bastions, Daħlet Ġnien is-Sultan, Valletta, VLT1933, Malta. 

The licence issued to the Market Hawker shall, together with the last receipt of the paid licence, be displayed in a conspicuous place by the Licensee when conducting his or her commercial activity. 


€40 every three (3) years and to act as a market hawker from a fixed site in the open-air market in Valletta or Marsaxlokk (daily open-air market except Sunday) or Victoria, Gozo: €60 every three (3) years

Link to important legislation:

Subsidiary Legislation 441.07 - Trading Licences Regulations​

Enquiries can be directed to or by telephone on 25690313, 25690289, 25690310, 25690312 and 25690315​ during the normal working hours.


Date of last update – 07/07/2020 ​