Use of Town Squares

Use of Town Squares

The town centre squares are currently available to book for various different uses including markets, community events, charitable collections and commercial activity.

Application Process

All applicants should first contact the Council to discuss the type of booking and be advised accordingly of next steps. Completed application forms should then be returned to the Markets Officer - Clair Storey on 0115 917 3588, or

The most up to date 'Use of Town Squares' application forms, including indemnity and the conditions of use are available on request. Please do not attempt to submit applications using previous versions of these documents. It is advised not to retain application forms on file to avoid this.

We do not take provisional bookings for the use of any of our town squares.



The Council now operates it's own Monday and Wednesday weekly general markets in The Square, Beeston.

  • Stall holder ground rent for a single market day, on a 3x3m plot, is charged at £15 (ad-hoc bookings/trial days). Multiple plots can be purchased at an additional charge.
  • Stall holders that wish to attend our markets more regularly, can benefit from a reduced ground rent of £10 per single market day, per 3x3m plot. In order to qualify for this reduced tariff, a stall holder must pay for an entire month in advance. For example, a stall holder that wishes to attend every Monday market only during January 2021(four Mondays), on a 3x3m stall plot, can pay a reduced tariff of £40 to do so. Otherwise, single market day tariff applies per 3x3m plot.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Council will not be charging third party market operators for squares use permits, allowing them the use of space to facilitate commercially run market days. Permit charges for those third party market days will resume from the 2021/22 financial year, however this charge will be reviewed and is subject to change at any time.

Other Commercial Use

The Council will continue to charge for permits allowing the use of the town squares for commercial activity, such as promotional stall holders, catering vans/trailers (excluding markets).

As of Monday 5th April 2020, the price for a permit to allow the use of our town squares is on application.

Commercial rates will be reviewed and are subject to change at any time

Payment for Squares Use Permits

Advanced payment is advisable to ensure preferred dates are available to applicants. We are currently able to accept payment for permits covering market days/commercial use, up to and including Thursday 31st March 2021. Applications will be approved at the Council' s discretion, with all permits to be paid for in full, at least 28 days in advance and are non-refundable.

Electricity Supply

Further to the use of the square permits, an electricity supply is also available at a charge of £20+VAT per day (£10+VAT for registered charities and schools).

Beeston Square Note: Applicants for space in The Square, Beeston should also be aware that there are currently two permanent plot holders that require partial use of the area and necessary access.

Christmas Trees in Squares: There will be a large Christmas tree in position at squares in Beeston, Kimberley and Stapleford from mid-November to early January annually, which may limit the room available for bookings.

All costs and eligibility of square use for applicants is subject to change at any time. Tacit consent for squares usage does not apply - i.e. if you have not heard from us following your application, this does not mean permission has been granted. If you are still waiting for a permit 28 days after confirmation we have received an application, please contact us.

Town Centres
tel: 0115 917 3043