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Pavement Licence

During the COVID pandemic, in 2020, the government introduced a new “Pavement Licence” regime, which is designed to make it easier for premises to serve food and drink in bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants outdoors through temporary changes to planning procedures and alcohol licensing. It was recognised that there was a pressing need to assist the hospitality sector, given the inevitable constraints social distancing has on indoor capacity limits.

Please note: this is a licence to place chairs/tables and other furniture on the pavement solely for the service of and consumption of food and/or drink in connection with the relevant use of the business i.e. public house, wine bar or other drinking establishment or the sale of food and or drink for consumption on or off the premises.

This is not a licence to place scaffolding or hoarding on the Highway. Apply for a scaffolding and hoarding licence.

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licence)(Coronavirus)(Amendment)Regulations 2022 has now extended temporary Pavement Licences up to 30 September 2024.

This means that businesses can apply for a pavement licence to be in place within this extended period, up to 30 September 2024. 

 Are you interested in applying? – If so:

  1. view and read our eligibility criteria to ensure that you are permitted to apply
  2. view and read our terms and conditions to ensure that if granted, you will be able to comply with the licence.

For all Pavement Licences, the Licensing Service will consult with:

  • West Mercia Police
  • Highways Authority
  • Shropshire Fire & Rescue
  • Environmental Health (see highlighted * note below).
  • Local Town/Parish Council.

* Whilst not part of the application process, Environmental Health may still expect applicants to have a suitable noise management plan - download the noise management plan.

Following consultation, the local authority must determine the application within 5 working days, beginning with the first day after the public consultation ends. If the local authority does not determine the application within this timescale, the application is deemed to be automatically granted.

Please note: that any application submitted with incorrect or missing documentation will not be processed. Instead, you will be contacted by an officer and asked to re-submit the required documentation. It is also important to note that you will also be asked to remove the notice you may have displayed and re-advertise the notice when your application is deemed to be complete and when you are instructed to do so by an Officer.

All applications deemed to be served correctly will result in a site visit by an authorised officer of Telford & Wrekin Council. The officer will consider the suitability of the application and will notify the Licensing Service of any comments/representations.

If any representation is received, this will result in your application being referred to a Review Panel for final determination. Please note: that there is no appeal process against the Council's decision to refuse an application. In addition, the application fee will not be refunded.

Applicants need to be mindful of the fact that if the Licensing Service deems it appropriate and necessary, special conditions can be added to any granted licence. In addition, Mandatory Conditions will form part of the licence - download the mandatory conditions for a pavement licence.

Last updated: 28/09/2023 07:32

  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility
  3. Terms
  4. Apply
  5. Contact