The trend for outside dining has increased in recent years and moving smokers outside is likely to see the demand for outside space increase further.
Remember, if you want to put tables and chairs on the pavement you need a licence and planning permission from the council.
Our policies will take into account a number of things:
Full details of our outside dining policy are set out in our guidelines for placing tables and chairs on the highway.
Planning permission is not normally required to use connecting private gardens and yards if they are lawfully part of the existing business and are not previously used or shared by other businesses/users.
Unless specifically conditioned when permission was originally given, pubs can permit customers to use existing beer gardens and yards to smoke without the need for planning permission. If you want to use outside space that is currently used for other purposes, you are likely to need planning permission for the change of use of the land.
Unless you have a private forecourt, you will need a licence to put out external heaters. If you receive a licence to locate heaters - or intend to put them in a private area - you will need to undertake a risk assessment to ensure that any hazards associated with their use are controlled. Wall-mounted space heaters are likely to need planning permission.