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Street cafe licensing

We issue licences for street cafes, which allow tables and chairs to be put on the street outside premises.


All applicants should read through the guidance document below prior to completing the online application form above. All required documents must be submitted with the required fee (detailed on application).

You will need to provide written evidence and permission from the landlord of the premises that you wish to operate your street café from that they give you permission to have a street café outside your premises. If there are any residential flats directly above your property you will need to provide written permission from the residents of that property. The written evidence will need to be uploaded at the end of the application – your application will not be accepted without this.

The form includes a question asking you to give details of your landlord and any residents so that the information provide can be verified.

Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) training

Street café licences now include a condition that the licence holder and appropriate members of staff shall complete ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) training. This online training is available free of charge and takes around 55 minutes to complete in one or multiple sessions. Once all units have been completed the candidate can print a certificate or save it electronically for future reference. It is recommended that the licence holder also retains copies of completion certificates.

The units cover:

  • Introduction to Terrorism
  • Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
  • How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
  • How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item
  • What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
  • How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons attack
  • Summary and Supporting Materials.

An additional section is also available under the same registration: ACT Security eLearning with enhanced and useful content.

To register for the course and find out more visit ACT Awareness eLearning - GOV.UK.