Knutsford Town Council is a market authority and all Markets within Knutsford are subject to permission from the Town Council. The Town Council also directly operates the Indoor Market.

The Town Council licences the monthly Makers Market.

Knutsford Market Hall

Knutsford Market Hall opened its doors in 1964 in a new building built buy the Knutsford Urban District Council. In 2014 the Indoor Market and market rights were transferred back to Knutsford Town Council.

The Market Hall currently features 8 independent businesses – including one which first opened with the doors of the new Market Hall in ’64. 

You can find out more about the Market Hall by visiting its dedicated website:

Market Licences

Knutsford Town Council enjoys the Market Rights for Knutsford as established under the Food Act 1984 by Cheshire East Council. These rights were transferred to the Town Council in 2014.  As such, any market in Knutsford must have permission from the Town Council to operate.

The Town Council’s rights extend 6 2/3 miles from Knutsford; however it is the policy of the Town Council to only exercise this policy within the Parish boundary. The Town Council does however, reserve the right to exercise its rights outside of the parish and within its legal limit should the establishment of a new market outside of the parish compete with markets in the parish of Knutsford.

Definition of a Market

A market is defined as a “concourse of buyers and sellers” and a concourse of buyers and sellers is to comprise not less than five stalls, vehicles, stands or pitches. A market could be held both indoors or outdoors and they include (but are not limited to) car boot sales, antique markets, craft fairs, general markets, farmers markets etc. They also include fairs.

A market could be the sole event, or could form part of an event.

The Town Council classifies markets in two categories; Commercial and Community.

Community markets are normally organised by local communities/organisations with the intention of raising funds for a specific charity or celebrating a special event. Where the market is to be operated on a non-profit making basis to assist a charity of community event then the licence fee may be waived.

A commercial market is one which is operated for profit and where the traders are engaged in a business activity of selling goods for their own purposes. No market shall be authorised within the parish unless it can be demonstrated that the new market shall not undermine an existing market and not prejudice the overall market offer. The Council shall also look for the proposed market to complement existing retail activity in Knutsford.

Market Policy

The Council’s consent to a market, by the grant of a market licence, must be given prior to the event taking place. Any market that takes place without such a licence shall be in breach of this policy and may be subject to enforcement action.


Read the Markets Policy and apply for a licence:

Market Licence Application Form (pdf)

Market Licence Application Form (doc)