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Trading in rest areas and car parks

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

The permit is needed for both temporary trading and long-term kiosks and cafés operating in a rest area or car park.

Temporary trading:

A permit can be issued for sites that are appropriate from the point of view of traffic safety.

The trading operation can be based on a trailer, table or similar. The ELY Centre does not organise power supply for traders. If a power supply is needed, the trader has to arrange it. In this case, it is possible to conclude a contract on temporary trading for several years at a time.

Advertisements about seasonal trading activities can be erected on roadsides according to the conditions specified in the permit.

Kiosks and cafés:

Traders can operate roadside kiosks and cafés in designated rest areas or car parks. This requires a separate contract with the ELY Centre. The contract entitles the trader to construct a kiosk or café building and associated structures and facilities in the designated area. Alternatively, the trader can purchase or rent the building, structures and facilities from the previous trader.

Do the following

Send a free-form application to apply for a temporary roadside trading permit. Provide the following details in your application:

  • the trader’s contact information and business ID or social security number
  • the municipality where the proposed site is located, the name and exact location of the site, the road number and a map
  • the proposed products
  • the period for which the permit is applied
  • a copy of a previous permit, if applicable
  • if the site has an existing kiosk or café, a written consent of the kiosk/café trader for the temporary trading activity

A free-form application is also required when applying for a kiosk and café contract. Provide the following details in your application:

  • the trader’s contact information and business ID
  • the municipality where the site is located, the name and exact location of the site, the road number and a map
  • a copy of a previous permit, if applicable
  • if the site has an existing building, state whether you intend to purchase or rent it

Send the application to the ELY Centre of Pirkanmaa regardless of where the site is located (Kirjaamo, PL 297, 33101 Tampere) or by email: kirjaamo.pirkanmaa@ely-keskus.fi.

To whom and on what terms

The product selection must be designed to serve road users.

The service is free of charge.

Temporary trading is not subject to any fees. No rent is charged from kiosk and café operators. Maintenance of the site is considered adequate compensation.


Deadline

The permit for temporary trading or a contract for kiosk and café trading on roadside rest areas and car parks must be obtained before trading is started.

Processing time

Temporary trading applications are usually processed within three weeks and kiosk and café contracts in six weeks.

Period of validity

Periods of trading from 1 day up to 4 months are considered temporary trading. If the trader requires and obtains a power supply connection for the trading activity, a temporary trading contract can be made for several years at a time. The first contract period is usually 5 years for kiosks and 10 years for cafés, but in any case it will be long enough to allow the trader to amortise the investment. An additional contract can be concluded for a maximum period of 5 years.

Basic information

The service is provided byCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Other responsible organisationsELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Häme
Responsible for the serviceCentre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 7/12/2019