If you wish to place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the public highway you will need to complete an application for permission to provide café facilities on a public highway.
Amendments to guidance during Coronavirus
There is a fast-track process to get permission to place tables, chairs and other furniture on the highway for customers to use.
This supports recovery of the hospitality industry and helps businesses to work while social distancing remains the most effective way of combating the spread of COVID-19.
Licences will be for a maximum of 12 months, up to 30 September 2022.
More information: Guidance: pavement licences (outdoor seating proposal)
Application under Highways Act 1980 for permission to provide café facilities on the highway
Businesses can still choose to apply for a café on the highway licence under the legislation provided by the Highways Act 1980. The guidance below outlines the process required for such applications.
How to apply
Download the form and send it to us with your fee
- The cost for this licence is £258.00
- You will need to provide photographs of the proposed tables, chairs, parasols and the means of enclosure
- Landowner's permission (if required)
Clock Completing this form takes around 5 minutes
After you've applied
- Once your application is granted you will need Public Liability insurance of £5,000.000 (five million pounds)