Pavement café licence applications update

We’re pleased to provide you with an update on pavement café licence applications – new applications and applications to extend existing licences.

When the Business and Planning Act 2020 comes into force, it will allow premises which sell food and drink to apply for adjacent space on the public highway to put tables and chairs and other furniture in an agreed area, to enable the business to maximise the number of customers it can serve while maintaining social distancing.

The Act has still to be approved; it will at the reporting stage in the House of Lords on 20th July, so it is possible it will be implemented by the end of July.  

The Council would now like to receive applications (payment is not required at this stage, it can be made prior to the issue of a licence) with a view to being able to grant permissions as soon as the Act comes into force.

Please find attached a briefing note about the situation and the application process, together with a copy of the Application form.

Applications must be made to . Please remember to include:

  • A plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown.  The plan must show the positions and number of the proposed tables and chairs, together with any other items that they 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.
  • Full manufacturers’ literature/details of the furniture/equipment proposed to be used.
  • Details of the management arrangements for the street café.
  • Proof of public liability insurance, with indemnification of the Council against all claims, injuries or accidents, with cover up to £2 million.
  • Evidence that the applicant has met the requirement to give notice of the application.
  • A satisfactory Covid-19 risk assessment 

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