Pavement licence

The Pavement Licence was introduced in July 2020 under the Business and Planning Act 2020.

The aim is to support businesses to operate safely while social distancing measures remain in place by making it easier for premises to serve food and drink to customers seated outdoors whilst we recover from the Covid 19 pandemic.

With the pavement licence, a business can place removable furniture on the highway outside their premises to sell or serve food or drink and/or allow it to be used by people for consumption of food or drink supplied from, or in connection with the use of the premises.

Before you apply:

  • You will need to consider your surrounding area and whether your furniture will cause any obstruction on the highway and if there will be sufficient space to allow the public to pass safely when your furniture is in place
  • We would require at least 2 metres pedestrian space between the edge of your furniture and the edge of the pavement, excluding any existing permanent street furniture e.g. benches, bollards
  • The cost of the licence is £100
  • The licence is temporary and will only be valid for one year. The date will not go beyond 30 September 2021.

Who can apply:

  • Businesses which use (or propose to use) premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption (on or off the premises)
  • Businesses include: Public Houses, cafes, bars, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops and ice cream parlours.

Existing street traders with tables and chairs

If you have already renewed your street trading licence and paid your renewal/annual fee, unfortunately, it is not possible to receive a refund but you can trade immediately, subject to the conditions on your current licence. Your current street trading licence is permanent and you will have the option to renew in March 2021 as usual.

If you wish to be considered for a Pavement Licence your street trading licence will be deemed as withdrawn and you will not be charged for the pavement licence. However, if you then wish to re-apply for your street trading licence after this time we cannot guarantee this will be granted in the original form.

How to apply


The application is subject to a 7-day consultation period. When your application has been accepted you are required to display a public notice in a prominent position clearly visible to the public for 7 days.

Please take a photograph showing the notice in position from a distance and close up and email it to us.

The application will also be published on the council website for 7 days. 


Prior to making a determination, we will take into consideration any representations made during the consultation period and it is possible the licence may not be granted as applied for.

Licences will be granted for one year and will be subject to standard conditions. A granted licence will not be valid beyond 30 September 2021

If the site is deemed unsuitable for a Pavement Licence, or if relevant representations are made which cannot be mitigated by imposing conditions, then the application may be refused.

There is no statutory appeal process against a decision to refuse an application.


If a condition imposed on a licence either by the Council or nationally is breached the local authority may revoke the licence and future applications for a Pavement Licence are likely to be refused.