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Licensing service changes

We have made temporary changes to our licensing services due to the coronavirus

Temporary street cafe licence

The government has extended the legislation to allow businesses to apply for a temporary pavement cafe which will be valid until 30 September 2022.

Existing licence holders

Anyone who currently holds a licence which ends on 30 September 2021 is now able to apply again.

Applying for exactly what you have now

If you are applying for exactly what you already have, for example; same times/days of the week, same number of tables and chairs, same layout as you currently have – the form will ask you to confirm this.

The process will be much shorter, and you will just be asked to upload your Public Liability Insurance with cover for £5 million as before.

  • The application fee is £60 - the  fee of £100 is being partially covered by grant funding.

We will not consult on your application and a new licence will be issued as quickly as possible.

Please use the quick link above to apply.

Amending what you currently have

If you want to take the opportunity to amend what you have in terms of times/days of the week, numbers of tables and chairs or any other changes, you will be required to submit additional information such as a new plan as well as the Public Liability Insurance with cover for £5 million.

  • The application fee is £100

We will consult on your application as before which will include you being required to display a notice on your premises.

A decision will then be taken on your application within the timescales laid down in the legislation.

Please use the quick link above to apply.

New applicants

Any new applications (where a licence is not currently in force) will be required to submit the following documentation as part of the application:

  • A plan – see information at the bottom of the page for what is acceptable.
  • Pictures of the tables/chairs/barriers and any other furniture intended to be used – please read the standard conditions which state what is acceptable in terms of design etc.
  • Public Liability Insurance to a minimum cover of £5 million.
  • The application fee is £100.
Please use the quick link above to apply.

Once a valid application is received your application will be consulted upon and you will be required to display a public notice which will be emailed to you to complete and put up on your premises for a specified amount of time.

We will also notify any person that may be materially affected if a pavement café were to be granted.

Once the period for objections has ended – if no objections are received your application will be approved and a licence granted.

If objections are received, then these will be considered by the Enforcement Team Manager and a decision taken whether to grant or refuse the application and whether any additional specific conditions may be attached to any issued licence. They may also amend the hours/days that has been applied for if they deem it appropriate to do so.

Have a question?

Please contact for further information.