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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 2024.

Please note

We are not able to issue licences for a period of less than three months – all licences expire on 30 September 2023.

The Government has drafted legislation that is currently going through Parliament that will amend the process for applying for street cafes.


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.

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Apply for a new temporary street cafe licence

Please also use this form to reapply for a licence if there are changes to your requirements

Reapply for the same temporary street cafe licence

Apply for the same licence with no changes

Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) training

Street café licences now include a condition that the licence holder and appropriate members of staff shall complete ACT 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.

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