Pavement licences

Apply for a pavement licence.

The Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced a new licence which allows premises serving food and drink such as bars, restaurants and pubs to apply for a pavement licence to place removable furniture (including tables and chairs) on a relevant highway adjacent to the premises.

On 31 March 2024, the Government changed the law regarding pavement licences. To find out more, read the pavement licence guidance on the GOV.UK website (external link).

This does not affect any licences granted before 31 March 2024, which will still operate as normal until their stated expiry date.

The furniture may be used for one or both of the following purposes,

  • use of the furniture by the licence- holder to sell or serve food or drink from, or in connection with the relevant use of, the premises.
  • use of the furniture by other persons for the purpose of consuming food or drink supplied from, or in connection with relevant use of, the premises.


For licenses to run from 01/10/2024 to 30/09/2026, there is a cost of £500 for a new application and £350 for renewal applications.

Please complete the pavement licence online form:

Apply for a pavement licence

Applications for a pavement licence must be accompanied by:

  • a plan showing the location of the premises defined by a red line, so the application site can be clearly identified
  • a plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the pavement licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, measurements must be clearly shown. The plan must show the positions and number of the proposed tables and chairs, together with any other items that you wish to place on the highway. The plan shall include clear measurements of, for example, pathway width/length, building width and any other fixed item in the proposed area.
  • the proposed days of the week on which, and the times of day between which, it is proposed to put furniture on the highway,
  • the proposed duration of the licence (for e.g. 3 months, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years);
  • evidence of the right to occupy the premises (e.g. the lease);
  • photos or brochures showing the proposed type of furniture and information on potential siting of it within the area applied;
  • evidence that the applicant has met the requirement with regards to the Site Notice (for example photographs of the notice outside the premises and of the notice itself);
  • a copy of a current certificate of insurance that covers the activity for third party and public liability risks, to a minimum value of £5 million, and
  • any other evidence needed to demonstrate how the Council’s local conditions, and any national conditions will be satisfied.
  • On the same day that you make an application for a pavement licence you must:
  • fix a notice of the application to the premises so that the notice is readily visible to, and can be read easily by, members of the public who are not on the premises, and
  • ensure that the notice remains in place until the end of the consultation period.
  • the site notice must state that the application has been made.
  • indicate that representations relating to the application may be made to the local authority during the public consultation period (and indicate when that period comes to an end).

After your application is submitted

Public consultation on the application starts the day after the application has been made and lasts for 14 consecutive days, representation received after this day will be considered invalid.

Applications will be checked to ensure that all the relevant information has been provided. If an application is incomplete we will make contact with the applicant requesting the missing information. The 14 day consultation will then start the day after the missing information has been provided.

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