1. About a pavement licence
On the 22 July 2020, the Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses to gain a pavement licence.
A pavement licence is a licence granted by the local authority, or deemed to have been granted, which allows the licence holder to place removable furniture over certain highways adjacent to the premises in relation to which the application was made, for certain purposes.
Businesses that are eligible include public houses, cafes, bars, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, and ice cream parlours including where such uses form an ancillary aspect of another use, for example supermarkets, or entertainment venues which sell food and drink.
This is a temporary measure to support businesses while social distancing measures may still be in place. As it is uncertain how long some form of social distancing measures will be in place for, the new process will last until the end of September 2021, giving certainty to businesses for the foreseeable future. It will also allow them enough time to apply for new licences under the existing process if they want to extend beyond the end of September 2021.
What furniture can be permitted by a licence?
The furniture which may be used is:
- counters or stalls for selling or serving food or drink
- tables, counters or shelves on which food or drink can be placed
- chairs, benches or other forms of seating
- umbrellas, barriers, heaters and other articles used in connection with the outdoor consumption of food or drink
This furniture is required to be removable. Teignbridge District Council will be pragmatic when determining what is ‘removable’ but in principle this means it is not a permanent fixed structure, and is able to be moved easily, and stored away of an evening.
Guidance on this new process is available on GOV.UK