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Furniture on the Highway

If you wish to place removable furniture on the highway (this includes any footpath or pedestrianised area), you will require permission from the City Council. 

The Government made the pavement licensing regime permanent under the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Act 2023, which came into effect on 31 March 2024. 

A Pavement Licence would allow you to use the following furniture:

  • 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

The furniture must be able to be moved easily, and stored away after licensable period, at end of the day.

Existing pavement licences granted under the Business and Planning Act 2020, prior to the commencement date, will remain valid until the expiration date on the licence. Once this has expired, businesses will need to apply for a new licence. The city council will this these as a renewal application if submitted by the same licence holder and on the same terms as the expired licence.

Applications for Tables and Chairs Permits must only be submitted if your proposal cannot be licensed under a Pavement Licence. For example, furniture that is not removable.  

Please note that a Pavement Licence or Tables and Chairs Permit cannot be used alone to grant permission for an outdoor bar servery or similar for the sale of alcoholic drinks. This would require an application for a Premises Licence, an application to vary an existing Premises Licence, or a Temporary Event Notice.

The city council is required by law to publish details of pending applications for Pavement Licences. Details of pending applications can be found here.

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