Pavement Licences

To help food and beverage operators to maximise their capacity whilst complying with social distancing guidelines, the Bill introduces a fast track procedure for pubs, bars, restaurants and others selling food or drink for consumption to obtain a “pavement licence” from the local authority.

A pavement licence will allow operators to put removable furniture on part of the highway adjacent to their premises for use, among other things, in connection with the sale, serving, or consumption of food and drink.

The application must be displayed by site notice and must go through a 7 day public consultation period from the day after the application was made. Local authorities will then have 7 days to make a decision following the end of the public consultation period. Failure to reject the application will amount to a deemed grant of the licence. The local authority can levy a fee of up