You can apply for a pavement consent at any time if you meet all the application criteria, however, a pavement consent will normally be issued from the 1st May each year.
Before applying for a pavement consent the owner of the premises should submit a business plan to the Licensing Team using the details below:
Your business plan should set out how you plan to manage the area in accordance with the following licensing objectives:
- Public Order
- Public health and nuisance
- Public Safety
- Crime and disorder
- The needs of the area.
Details of the proposed area/number of tables and chairs/barriers should also be provided with the initial business plan.
To apply for a new pavement consent you will need to submit the following:
£80 for a 6-8 month consent (non-alcohol licensed premise)
£300 for a 6-8 month consent (alcohol licensed premise)
£800 for a 3 year consent for alcohol licensed premise (food led premises)
£200 for a 3 year consent for non-alcohol licensed premise.
- Site plan (full details of plan requirements can be seen in the pavement consent policy)
- Photographs/images of proposed furniture and barriers/parasols
- Certificate of public liability insurance minimum of 5 million cover, that must indemnify the council when the pavement consent is in place)
- Copy of any planning permission/ details of Licensing Act 2003 premises licence.
Please note: all initial grant of pavement consents will only be issued for a 12-month period as a provisional consent and renewed during the 12-month period.
Once your application has been received, an officer will assess your application and a site visit will be made to ensure the area is suitable for the locality and meets the policy requirements and vision of the council around café culture.
Once your application has been accepted, you will need to advertise your application for a pavement consent on your premises for 28 consecutive days, using the notice placed in a clearly visible location on the premise. This notice must remain in place throughout the consultation period:
Pavement consent public notice (word 14kb)
You will need to send photographs of your public notice on display to the licensing team using the contact details below:
You are also advised to inform any immediate neighbours or other businesses of your application.
Tacit consent does not apply to pavement licence applications as a decision needs to made after consideration of any representations.