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The government has introduced the Business and Planning Act 2020. This will help to streamline the process for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to obtain a licence to place furniture on the highway adjacent to premises; the licences will be known as pavement cafe licences.
The following businesses are deemed eligible to apply for these licences: public houses, cafes, bars, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, and ice cream parlours including where such uses form an ancillary aspect of another use, for example supermarkets, or entertainment venues which sell food and drink.
Any applications submitted for a proposed pavement cafe licence to be used on the public highway must be able to leave a two-metre gap for pedestrians to pass by. The two-metre gap must be from the kerbline and any street furniture to the edge of your proposed pavement cafe.
Social distancing guidelines produced by the government must be adhered to; please see the government's COVID-19 secure: safer public places guidance, which provides owners and operators of public spaces with information and examples of measures that may be undertaken to adapt and manage public spaces in order to help social distancing. There is also the keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 guidance, which should be considered as well.
The following furniture may be used:
If you are considering applying for a pavement cafe licence, you are advised to read our Guidance and Conditions of Licence document as this has further information and guidance.
You should provide us with a draft plan of the proposed pavement cafe before applying, so we can check the validity of this before you submit your application. It will need to include the following:
Further to your plan you would also need the following documents;
Once you have all the have all the required documents, If you wish for us to check your application and supporting documentation before it is submitted, please email us and we will be able to advise you. If you are satisfied that the documents are correct, please follow the application procedure below:
Once granted, pavement cafe licences will be valid until 30 September 2021. All granted licences will have to adhere to the standard conditions issued by the council.