A pavement licensing scheme under the Business and Planning Act 2020 has been introduced to enable premises to place furniture outside their premises to maximise capacity whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines under the current Covid 19 pandemic.
A business which uses (or proposes to use) premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption (on or off the premises) can apply for a pavement licence.
Businesses that are eligible include: public houses, cafes, bars, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, and ice cream parlours.
A licence permits the business to use furniture placed on the highway 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.
This furniture is required to be removable, with the Local Authority using the principle that ‘removable” means it is not a permanent fixed structure, and is able to be moved easily, and stored away of an evening.
On receipt of an application, a site notice must be displayed on the premises, and a consultation period of 7 days will take place. The Authority can then Grant the Licence in full or in part, impose additional conditions or refuse an application.
A licence can be issued for any period from 3 months or up until 30 September 2021.
Download an application pack containing the Policy and Conditions.