Temporary pavement licences during Covid-19
A pavement licence is a licence granted by the council which allows the licence-holder to place removable furniture, such as tables and chairs, on the highway. The licence process is to ensure they are properly set up, licensed and operated such that they benefit the business, enhance the local area and do not cause a problem for other users of the street.
As a result of Covid-19 and the restrictions advised following government guidelines, the Royal Borough are introducing temporary measures to support businesses while still encouraging social distancing.
The introduction of the Business and Planning Act 2020 would allow the council to consider application for Temporary Pavement Licences (under Section 115e of the Highways ACt 1980).
The new process introduces a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to secure a licence to place furniture on the highway. This will support them to operate safely while social distancing measures remain in place. This will provide much needed income over the summer months and protect as many hospitality jobs as possible.
The council will still take into consideration, public health and safety and accessibility before a licence is granted.
Temporary licences will be granted for six months only. Review of the temporary licence process, including existing fees and charges would run till the Wednesday 30 September 2021 or otherwise advised by the government.
Factors taken into account when considering an application include;
- Whether uses conform with the latest guidance on social distancing.
- The amount of space your café will remove from the public highway, maintaining the recommended minimum footway widths for access by mobility impaired and visually impaired people
- How your proposed café will look when it is up and running.
- The effect your café will have on residents, workers, shoppers and visitors.
See the Full Guidance notes and government guidance for more information.
Guidance for applicants
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they follow government social distancing guidelines.
Businesses are advised to take strong measures to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This would require reducing the number of tables and chairs in the licensed sitting area and ensuring one-metre social distancing can be achieved.
New Applications for a Temporary Pavement Licence
If you do not currently hold a licence, you must make an application before you can display your furniture on the highway. The cost is £100 per new application.
The council aims to carry out consultation and determine the applcaition within 14 working days of a complete application being submitted with supporting documents. The area fee during the issue of a temporary pavement licence would be waived.
Evidence must be provided of Public Liability Insurance of £5 million. Licence would be granted for a six month period.
Renewal Application for Pavement Licence
The cost for a renewal application cost is £100. The area fee during the issue of a temporary pavement licence would be waived.
Evidence must be provided of Public liability insurance of £5 million. Licence would be granted for a 6 months period.
Extension for Pavement Licence holders
If you currently hold a licence and would like to request an extended area for more outdoor space, please send details including a plan of the proposed new location along with number of tables and chairs to [email protected].
Please note that part of our guidance is to ensure public health & safety and ensuring social distancing with the general public. Requests will be dealt with on a case by case basis. The council aims to carry out consultation and determine the application within 14 working days.
The area fee during the issue of a temporary pavement licence would be waived.
If you have any questions regarding the information listed above, please contact [email protected].
See the full guidance notes for more information.
Further advice for business can be found in this questions and answers document.