The new Business and Planning Act 2020 proposes significant changes designed to help licensed premises to survive and then bounce-back from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The provisions include:
- a new “Pavement Licence” regime, administered by the Licensing Service, which is designed to make it easier for premises in England to serve food and drink such as bars, restaurants and pubic houses to seat and serve customers outdoors through temporary changes to planning procedures and alcohol licensing.
The new licensing regime provides a fast-track procedure for the grant of an authorisation.
Pavement licences will have a limited duration and no licence will extend beyond 30 September 2021.
With the removal of restaurants, cafes, bars and public houses from the closure restrictions found in the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 with effect from 4 July 2020, it was recognised that there was a pressing need to allow the hospitality sector cut through the existing red tape and offer an outdoor environment to customers. Although able to open, businesses are still required to operate safely. Restrictions remain on gatherings indoors. There is also a much needed corresponding economic benefit to the beleaguered hospitality sector being able to trade to the full extent possible given the inevitable constraints social distancing places on indoor capacity limits.
Are you interested in applying? – If so:
- read our eligibility criteria to ensure that you are permitted to apply
- read our terms and conditions to ensure that if granted, you will be able to comply with the licence.
Last updated: 01/09/2020 09:52