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 after the pandemic.
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).
All applications cost £100.
Licences applied for on or after 22 July 2022 will expire on 30 September 2023.
The government has also produced some guidance for businesses, which can be found on the government website.