Informal Trader

Apply for an Informal Trader Permit?

All informal traders who operate in the greater Knysna area need to be registered and be in possession of a trader permit issued by the Economic Development Department at the Knysna Municipality. This includes anyone trading on sidewalks, in containers, spaza shops, public open areas, etc.

You can apply for a permit in a specific trading area, e.g. African Craft Market or for permission to trade as a house shop, etc. Containers are only allowed in designated areas. If there is no available space your name will be placed on a waiting list.

If you are interested to trade in a specific trading area, please apply as space is limited. All applicants will be screened according to the Informal Traders Policy and Street Trading By-law. Various trading areas have a committee which assists in the management of the area.

Trading areas:

  • Main Street Market
  • African Craft Market
  • Sedgefield Taxi Rank
  • Knysna Taxi Rank
  • Buffalo Bay, etc.


A trading permit will cost R100 for a three month period and will be renewed if traders comply with code of conduct and following routine inspections.

Requirements to trade:

  • Proof of address
  • ID
  • Details of type of goods or service
  • Completed application form
  • Receipt of permit fee (Customer Care)
  • Eden District Health Certificate if required

Complete the official application form, submit it with a copy of your ID, proof of residence and a copy of Health Certificate (if application is for eatables). For more information, or to submit your application, please email

The application will be processed and payment instruction will be forwarded. Once the proof of payment is submitted a permit will be issued which will be renewable within a month or 3 months, depending on the application.

For more information please contact us:

Economic Development Department
2nd Floor, 3 Church Street
Old Main Building, Knysna, 6570
Tel: 044 302 6360

Click here to download the Informal Trader Application Form