The government has introduced a new pavement licence for placing removable furniture over certain highways next to premises, for the sale, or service and consumption, of food and drink.
Pavement licences replace Westminster City Council’s existing fast-track table and chairs licences.
Planning permission is not required and businesses that have already applied for a fast-track table and chairs licence will not need to re-apply.
The licence will allow businesses to use more of the space outside of their premises, helping them to be COVID-19 secure whilst protecting as many hospitality jobs as possible.
The following businesses are eligible to apply for a pavement licence:
Premises that have ancillary aspect uses such as supermarkets and entertainment venues that sell food and drink may also apply.
A pavement licence is subject to 2 national conditions, relating to non-obstruction and the provision of non-smoking seating.
Pavement licence applications must:
Please make sure your plan meets these requirements:
Read our guide to placing of tables and chairs on the highway for layouts and density requirements.
A pavement licence costs £100.
Applications will be decided within 14 days of receipt if they meet the requirements.
Pavement licences can be granted for a minimum of 3 months but may not extend beyond September 2021.
A public notice must be displayed on the premises the day that the application is made, with the consultation period running for 5 working days starting from the next working day after the application is made.