Pavement Licences

A pavement licence is required in order to place removable furniture on the public highway if you wish to sell or serve food or drink from your premises, or for use by your customers.

All pavement licences will be subject to standard conditions.

In addition to the standard conditions, additional conditions may also be attached.


Application fee - £100 (non-refundable)

Once a valid application, including all the required supporting documentation, has been received you will receive a call from the Licensing Authority to take this payment using a credit or debit card.


Applications must be made electronically. Download and complete a pavement licence application form and email it to 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 14 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)
  • photographs of the public notice displayed on the premises, ensuring these show the location of the notice in relation to the premises and a close up of the notice
  • photograph of the proposed furniture you wish to place on the highway

Processing and timescales

The consultation period for applications is 14 days (excluding public holidays) starting the day after the day the application is submitted. The local authority have 14 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.

Legislation and guidance

Business and Planning Act 2020

Guidance: Pavement Licences

Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023

Current applications

Applications received by Wirral Council are open to public consultation until the last date for representations. Applications can be viewed by clicking on the relevant filename. Any person can make representations regarding an application by sending an email to by the last date for representations. Proof of Public Liability Insurance has been submitted by all applicants as part of the application process.

There are no current applications.