Pavement licences

The Government introduced a new type of Temporary Pavement Licence under The Business and Planning Act 2020 to assist the hospitality sector in its recovery.

This new type of licence establishes a quicker and lower cost option for businesses to obtain permission from the council to place tables and chairs outside their premises on the pavement (and certain other types of Highway where vehicles are restricted such as pedestrian zones).

This temporary provision was originally due to expire on 30 September 2021, but in July 2021 the Government extended that period until 30 September 2022.

We agreed to waive the fee for the first 2 years to assist businesses maximise capacity as a result of covid.

All applications will now require a fee of £100.00.

On 22 July 2022, the Government again extended the period during which the Fast Track Pavement Licence provisions continue to apply until 30 September 2023.

Licences applied for on or after 20 July 2021 will last from the day they are granted until 30 September 2022 (unless a shorter period is specified). Licences applied for on or after 22 July 2022 will expire on 30 September 2023.

There is no provision to renew a Temporary Pavement Licence. Both new applicants and current licence holders wishing to use the pavement area need to apply for a new licence which will expire on 30 September 2023.

The government has also produced some guidance for businesses, which can be found on the government website.