Pavement licences (tables and chairs)

New pavement licence fees have been introduced from Wednesday 12 June 2024.

Fees for new applications will cost £205 and renewal will be £100. Applications will be issued for 2 years.

On 31 March 2024, as a result of provisions contained in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023, the pavement licensing provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020 became permanent.   The permanent licensing regime is largely the same as the temporary one implemented, but with some important changes to the provisions around consultation on applications and enforcement.

The Secretary of State has issued guidance on the pavement licensing provisions in accordance with section 8(1) of the Act.

If you have a permit issued under the Highways Act this will carry on until the expiry and you will then need to renew under a Pavement Licence.

The fee for a new pavement licence is £205 and a renewal is £100. 

The expiry of pavement licences is 2 years.

How to apply

Download and complete the application form.

Emailed the form to along with the following supporting documents:

  • A plan showing the location of the premises shown by a red line, so the application site can be clearly identified
  • A plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown. The plan must show the positions and number of the proposed tables and chairs, together with any other items of furniture that they wish to place on the highway. The plan shall include clear measurements of, for example, pathway width/length, building width and any other fixed item in the proposed area.
  • A copy of a current certificate of insurance that covers the activity for third party and public liability risks, to a minimum value of £5 million
  • Photos or brochures showing the proposed type of furniture (including the means of enclosure such as barriers) and information on potential siting of it within the area applied.
  • Evidence of consent from neighbouring frontage(s) to use footway space outside their property (if applicable).
  • Payment of £205 for new applications or £100 for renewals and can be paid online 

Please note that your application will not be considered complete until the application form and supporting documents have all been received.

We urge you to send all documents attached to a single email if at all possible, so that we can deal with your application as efficiently as possible.

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 readily 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 14 days beginning with the day after you make the application.

Public Notice 

Download the public notice template.