The Council appreciates that the hospitality sector has been particularly hard hit by the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As businesses are now starting to re-open, due to limited space and to implement the Government’s social distancing measures, many cafes, restaurants and bars may wish to use outdoor seating areas to allow customers to safely sit and eat and drink
To assist in this process, the Government has issued new guidance, in the form of the Business and Planning Bill 2020.
The temporary pavement licence process introduces a streamlined consent route to allow businesses to obtain a licence to place temporary furniture, such as tables and chairs, outside cafes, bars and restaurants quickly and for a fee of no more than £100.00.
The temporary measures can be extended up to the end of September 2021, with no requirement for planning permission during this period. The measures also provide automatic extensions to the terms of on-sales alcohol licences to allow for off-sales.
In line with the Government guidance, we have introduced a temporary pavement licence procedure, which is detailed below. This procedure will help support local businesses, whilst having regards for all users of the highway
Business can still choose to follow the existing process for pavement cafes, by applying for planning permission and a subsequent highway licence, should they so wish.
Apply online for a temporary pavement licence