Tables and chairs on the pavement licence
- Pavement licence - introduced by the government as an opportunity for the hospitality sector to recover from the impact of Covid measures. It’s a cheaper alternative to the tables and chairs licence although smoking in the area isn’t allowed.
If you want to put tables and chairs outside your catering premises, you must have a licence.
To apply you must:
- be an individual in attendance at the premises – partnerships or companies cannot apply
- have on-premises storage for the tables and chairs when not in use
If you will be serving alcohol within the proposed area, you will have to provide your Licensing Act (2003):
- personal licence
- premises licence
Your licence must allow for alcohol to be consumed on a forecourt.
The local police will have the opportunity to comment on the application.
What you must provide
To apply you must provide:
- a copy of your food registration or inspection report
- a copy of your commercial waste agreement
- a copy of your public liability insurance – at least £5 million cover (certificate and schedule list)
- a passport style photograph, taken within the last 12 months, of the person applying for the licence
- proof of your identity (eg passport, driving licence)
- proof of your address (eg bank statement, utility bill, council tax)
Length of licence
Licences are granted for between 6 months and 3 years.
Please contact us for an application form.
Please see our list of fees.
A council officer will inspect the proposed site, and area near it, and consider:
- whether tables and chairs on the footway would be good for the area or not
- what effect any noise would be to local residential properties
- whether passers-by could move the tables and chairs causing problems elsewhere
- whether the footway is wide enough, considering pedestrian flow, bus queues, nearby fire exits etc
The officers will indicate:
- how large the space can be
- the maximum numbers of tables and chairs allowed – their type, style and sizes
- the times the tables and chairs must be removed, normally no later than 10 pm and not put outside again until after 7 am
We may specify that the licence cannot be used before, during or after an event when lots of people are around. This includes events such as a concert or football match.
Tel: 020 8489 8232
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