To place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement (where the pavement concerned is part of the public highway) you require permission from your local authority. This is to ensure that adequate space is available for the safe and free movement of all highway users, and that consideration is given to the location of the amenity in terms of possible noise disturbance for local residents and nearby shops and offices.

You can apply for either a:

  • Pavement Licence; or
  • Tables and Chairs Permit.

PAVEMENT LICENCE

This is a temporary licence which is intended to help get businesses back up and running during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This will:

 

  • Cost £100 (how to pay)
  • Be subject to a consultation period of 7 days
  • Last until 30 September 2021
  • Not need planning permission

Please read the following guidance notes before you make an application.  We will not be able to process your application if you have not supplied all the information and documents required.

 

Pavement Licence Guidance Notes

Public Realm Guidance Notes

Temporary Alcohol Licensing Provisions 

Business and Planning Act 2020

 

In addition, based upon enquiries which have been received to date, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about pavement licences:

 

https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/business/licences/pavement-licence-and-tables-and-chairs-permit/pavement-licence-frequently

An online application form is available via the following link:

 

Pavement Licence Application Form 

TABLES AND CHAIRS PERMIT

This is the permit that was required prior to the COVID-19 pandemic if you wanted to place tables and chairs outside your premises.  It will also be what you will need when the temporary pavement licences (above) cease to apply from 1 October 2021.  You may still apply for one of these permits now instead of a pavement licence if you wish.

This will:

  • Cost £133 (how to pay)
  • Be subject to a public consultation period of 28 days
  • Last until 30 April 2021
  • Require confirmation on whether planning permission is needed.
Please read the following guidance notes before you make an application.  We will not be able to process your application if you have not supplied all the information and documents required.

 

Tables and Chairs Permits Guidance Notes

Public Realm Guidance Notes

Part VIIA Highways Act 1980

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisons) Act 1982 

 

 

An online application form is available via the following link:

 

Tables and Chairs Permit Application Form 

Further Support

If you would like more bespoke support with any aspect of your application we offer a Business Support Advice Service.  Further information on this service is available at:

http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/business/licences/pre-application-advice

A Boards

 

Please note that Licensing Services does not authorise the use of A Boards.  For information on the policy and regulations regarding A Boards please go to https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/business/business-support-services/advertising-boards-boards

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