Cafes, pubs, restaurants and other food outlets across the borough now have the chance to apply to have tables and chairs on the pavement as part of a new scheme.
In July, the Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced a nationwide ‘Pavement Licencing’ scheme which came into immediate effect. The new scheme allows businesses which involve the sale of food and/or drink (including alcohol) can apply for a licence. If successful they will be able to place removable furniture on the pavement or public highway for customers to use.
This new Pavement Licence now makes it much quicker and cost effective for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to place furniture on the highway on a temporary basis and enable them to operate safely while social distancing measures remain in place. It will also help provide much needed income over the summer months to protect as many hospitality jobs as possible.
The new Pavement Licence has the following benefits when compared to the Tables and Chairs (Highways Act 1980)
Pavement Licence (Business and Planning Act 2020)
- Decision made within 14 days
- If granted, valid until 30 September 2021
- £100 fee deferred for 3 months
With the Tables and Chairs (Highways Act 1980)
- Decision made within 2 months
- If granted, valid until 30 March 2021
- New licence fee £235; renewal fee £120 (£95 if paid within 28 days)
Cabinet Lead for Business Cllr Derek Pretty said, “I’m really pleased that the updated legislation will make it easier, quicker and cheaper for food premises across the borough to apply for outdoor seating area licences. I hope people will support our local businesses while staying safe and considering others. We must do all we can to the economic recovery of our borough.”