The Business and Planning Act 2020 has introduced a new, temporary, fast-track process for businesses to obtain a pavement licence for the placement of furniture, such as tables and chairs, on the highway (including footpaths and pavements) adjacent to their premises.
This permission can only be used for the purpose of selling or consuming food and drink in connection with the activity of the main premises, and licences will expire no later than September 30, 2021. This will help businesses to maximise their ability to trade, while adhering to social-distancing guidelines.
In accordance with section 5 of the Business and Planning Act 2020, we have published a list of standard conditions that will be attached to all pavement licences, both granted and ‘deemed granted’ and they are contained within the policy. You can download the policy here .
Failure to comply with the conditions could lead to revocation of the licence, so it is important that you read this information and other guidance within the policy before you apply and understand the requirements that you will need to comply with as a licence holder.
You can read the guidance on the GOV.UK website here .
How to apply
Applications must be submitted with the fee of £100. To apply for a licence, you will need to complete an online application form and submit it along with supporting documents.
On the same day that you make the application, you are required to give notice of your application by fixing a notice of the application to the premises so that it is visible to, and can be read easily by, members of the public who are not on the premises.
You also have to make sure the notice remains in place until the end of the public consultation period, which means the period of seven days beginning with the day after you make the application. You must use our template notice for this process.
All applications are subject to a seven-day public consultation period, starting the day after the day the application is made.
We then have a further seven days to make a decision on the application. If we fail to make a decision within this time frame, the licence is ‘deemed granted’. There is no right of appeal if the application is refused.