NALC Legal Topic Notes: Models / Procedures


Local Authorities (including parish and community councils, but not parish or community meetings) are empowered to establish or acquire markets in their area pursuant to section. 50 of the Food Act 1984 and local authorities exercising the power are known as “market authorities”. The general power to provide a market is, however, subject to one important exception set out in s. 50(2) of the Act:

“A market shall not be established in pursuance of this s. so as to interfere with any rights, powers or privileges enjoyed within the authority’s area in respect of a market by any person, without that person’s consent.”


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