It is illegal to sell or repair vehicles on the public highway or other public places without the appropriate council consent.

Some mechanics and businesses use the public highway as an extension of their garages and for vehicle sales. This can cause nuisance to local residents and it takes up valuable car parking spaces. Repairing vehicles on the street can also look unsightly, lead to damage of the local environment and present a danger to passers-by.

Vehicles offered for sale on the highway without consent are liable to be seized by Medway Council. We will then begin legal proceedings against the owner for the recovery of costs.

Report illegal vehicle sales or repairs

To report illegal vehicle sale or repairs, phone 01634 333 333.

Provide the following information:

  • number of people involved
  • descriptions of vehicles involved (used or repaired)
  • how often it is occurring
  • type(s) of vehicles involved
  • numbers of vehicles for sale

We will investigate reports to determine whether it causes annoyance or is part of a business illegally operating on the public highway.

Get consent to sell a vehicle on the highway

Consent will be free of charge and issued subject to the following conditions:

  • the customer has provided ownership documents in his/her family name for the vehicle
  • the vehicle does not cause nuisance or loss of amenity where it is being offered for sale
  • there are no parking restrictions in place
  • the vehicle does not form part of a number of multiple sales either by the customer or his or her agent.

Download the Application for consent to sell a vehicle on the public highway (PDF LINK)

Complete and return the application to:

Frontline Services
Regeneration, Community and Culture
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road
Chatham
Kent ME4 4TR.

You will also need to enclose a photocopy of your vehicle registration document, showing that the vehicle is registered to you.