New legislation streamlines Pavement Licences
As lockdown measures begin to lift and more businesses begin to reopen, adequate social distancing needs to be implemented to assure the safety of businesses, their staff and those visiting them.
From the end of July 2020 the council will be starting its Pavement Licence application process, in line with the government’s new legislation under the Business and Planning Act 2020 – making it quicker and cheaper for businesses, such as cafes, restaurants and bars, to provide adequate social distancing through additional seating outside.
Pavement Licences under the new Act will be more streamlined and quicker to apply for, with the consultation process being cut down to 14 working days compared to the current 28-day period. The fee will also be capped at £100.
The move will allow businesses to secure licences in time for the summer, to protect hospitality jobs and to help businesses provide income over the remainder of the summer.
For more information and updates, visit the council’s pavement licences webpage.
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