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 cafe facilities on a public highway.
Amendments to guidance during Coronavirus
The Business and Planning Act introduces a new 'time limited' licensing regime for pavement cafe licences. The Act allows the operators of businesses selling food and drink to apply for authorisation to place tables, chairs and other furniture linked to the sale of food and drink on the highway adjacent to their premises, for their customers to use.
This new licensing regime provides a fast-track process for obtaining permission and is an alternative process to the existing licensing regime under the Highways Act 1980.
The aim of the new regime is to support the hospitality industry in its recovery and help businesses to adjust to new ways of working in a time when social distancing remains the most effective way of combating the spread of COVID-19.
Guidance for this regime can be found on: GOV UK: Guidance: pavement licences (outdoor seating proposal)
Any licence granted under this regime will stay in place for a maximum of 12 months, with licence expiration dates not exceeding 30 September 2021, as outlined in Section 4 (2)(b) of the Business and Planning Act 2020.
Application under Highways Act 1980 for permission to provide cafe facilities on the highway
Businesses can still choose to apply for a Cafe 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)