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.
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.
As an employer, you are required by law to protect your employees and others from harm. The minimum you must do is:
Assessing risk is just one part of the overall process used to control risks in your workplace.
A risk assessment is required for the use of electric heaters (portable or fixed).
Help with composing this risk assessment is available from the Health and Safety Executive.
The risk assessment should identify:
The hazards you will need to consider are:
This should be submitted as a separate document when applying for a licence for furniture on Westminster land.
If you have an existing licence and you want to add electric heaters to your licence you can do this by emailing your request to email@example.com including a copy of your risk assessment. Your request will be considered and if granted, an amended licence will be issued to you. There is no additional fee for adding electric heaters after a licence has been granted.
However, if you want to add any winter/weather structures (Umbrellas/Gazebos etc.) to your licence, you will need to make a new application and if granted, surrender your existing licence.