A pavement licence is required in order to place furniture on the public highway if you wish to sell or serve food or drink from your premises, or for use by your customers.
Pavement licences are a temporary measure introduced by Government in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Pavement licences must be granted for a period of no less than 3 months and no later than 30 September 2021. If you want a licence beyond this date you can apply for a pavement café licence in accordance with the Highways Act 1980.
All pavement licences will be subject to standard conditions.
In addition to the standard conditions additional conditions may also be attached.
Application fee - £100.00
Once a valid application has been received you will receive a call from the Licensing Authority to take this payment using a credit/debit card.
Applications must be made electronically. Download and complete a pavement licence application form and email it to email@example.com with the required supporting documentation which is listed below. Failure to provide the supporting documentation may result in an application being rejected.
In accordance with the legislation the licensing authority must publish all applications and supporting documentation throughout the consultation period.
A public notice must be displayed prominently on the premises on the same day that the application is submitted. The notice must be readily visible to, and be read easily by, members of the public who are not on the premises.
The notice must remain in place for a period of 7 days (excluding public holidays) beginning on the day after the application was emailed to the licensing authority. In order to assist, a template notice is available below.
Supporting documentation required
- plan of the premises showing the exterior layout of the premises which must include:
a. location of furniture as detailed within the application
b. a red line showing the border of the area to be licensed
c. measurements of area to be licensed
- photograph(s) showing the area where you wish to place the tables and chairs
- copy of Public Liability Insurance (minimum value of £5,000,000)
- photograph of the public notice displayed on the premises, ensuring this shows the location of the notice in relation to the premises
- photograph of the proposed furniture you wish to place on the highway
Processing and timescales
The consultation period for applications is 7 days (excluding public holidays) starting the day after the day the application is submitted. The local authority have 7 days to determine applications starting the day after the end of the consultation period.
If a local authority fails to determine an application by the end of the determination period the licence is deemed to be granted, which will be subject to the published standard conditions.