General information

A pavement licence is granted by the local authority, or deemed to have been granted, which allows the licence-holder to place removable furniture over certain highways adjacent to the premises in relation to which the application was made, for certain purposes.

Brentwood Borough Council supports and encourages the provision of street cafes in town centres and the larger villages within the district, as they make a positive contribution by adding vitality, colour, life and interest to the street scene. They can help maximize the use of public spaces, aid the local economy and add to the facilities offered to people who visit, live and work in the district.

Although each application is judged on its individual merits, Brentwood Borough Council does have an agreed Pavement Licence Policy pdf covering minimum standards and conditions against which the merits of an application could be judged, will promote consistency and benefit potential applicants and objectors, as well as assisting Members in making a decision to which there are objections. 

When considering a licence application, Brentwood Borough Council will consider:

  • public health and safety including security,
  • public amenity – will the proposed use create nuisance to neighbouring occupiers,
  • accessibility – taking a proportionate approach to considering the nature of the site in relation to which the application for a licence is made, its surroundings and its users, taking account of the facility causing no-obstruction, in particular considering the needs of disabled people, and whether there are other permanent street furniture or fixed structures in place on the footway that already reduce access; and
  • other users of the space.

COVID-19 fast track application

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Government has introduced under the Business and Planning Act 2020 and associated guidance a streamlined process to allow businesses to secure pavement licences in time for the summer and, where they are deemed to have been granted, allow these licences to remain in place for a year but not beyond 30 September 2021. More information and the online application form can be found in this section.

Normal applications

Pavement licences are usually granted primarily under Part 7A of the Highways Act 1980. If you still wish to apply or renew your licence under the normal route, visit our visit our  Applications - Highways Act 1980 page for more information and to apply online

It is important to note the grant of a pavement licence only permits the placing of furniture on the highway. Other regulatory frameworks still apply such as the need for alcohol licenses, planning requirements and the need to comply with registration requirements for food businesses.

Applications - Highways Act 1980

Before the Government introduced the fast track application process under the  Business and Planning Act 2020 applications for pavement licences were processed through Part 7A of the Highways Act 1980. Applications to renew such licences can still be made as can applications for new licences if you do not wish to apply for a fast track permit.

Although each application is judged on its individual merits, Brentwood Borough Council does have an agreed Pavement Licence Policy pdf covering minimum standards and conditions against which the merits of an application will be judged, which will promote consistency and benefit potential applicants and objectors, as well as assisting Members in making a decision to which there are objections. 

Fees

The fees associated with an application can be found on the following document Licensing Fees and Charges pdf.

Application

To assist applicants with the process of applying we have provided application guidance notes pdf.

To apply for the renewal of or a new pavement permit please use our online form below:

 Apply for a pavement licence

Determination of application

The consultation period for applications is 28 days form the day after date of receipt. We will aim to determine applications within 20 working days from the end of the consultation period

Duration of Licence

A licence will usual be granted for 12 months, unless there are good reasons for granting a licence for a shorter period such as plans for future changes in use of road space.

Other regulatory processes

It is important to note the grant of a pavement licence only permits the placing of furniture on the highway. Other regulatory frameworks still apply such as the need for alcohol licenses, planning requirements and the need to comply with registration requirements for food businesses.

Further Information

For further information please email licensing@brentwood.gov.uk

Fast track applications

Business and Planning Act 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected businesses across the economy causing many to cease trading for several months while others have had to significantly modify their operations. As the economy starts to re-open, the Government have introduced the Business and Planning Act 2020 which  makes it easier for premises serving food and drink such as bars, restaurants and pubs, as lockdown restrictions are lifted but social distancing guidelines remain in place to seat and serve customers outdoors through temporary changes to planning procedures and alcohol licensing.

The Act also introduces a temporary fast-track process for these businesses to obtain permission, in the form of a “pavement licence”, from Brentwood Borough Council for the placement of furniture such as tables and chairs on the pavement outside their premise which will enable them to maximise their capacity whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The government have produced guidance on the new fast track application process which should be read before making an application.

Although Brentwood Borough Council has an existing Pavement Licence Policy pdf, which Brentwood Borough Council will have regard to for applications under this process, the guidance will take present where the two differ, and a temporary revised policy will be developed soon.

Fees

To assist business recover, the fee for this application will be waived for those complete applications submitted electronically between 28 July 2020 and the 31st August 2020, any application thereafter will be £100.

Public notice

There is a requirement for the applicant to affix a notice to the premises, so it is easily visible and legible to the public on the day they submit the application to the local authority.

Download and print a notice template.pdf

The notice must remain in place for the public consultation period which is the period of 5 working days beginning with the day after the day the application is submitted to the authority. When counting ‘working days’ public holidays are not included.

Application

Apply for a fast track licence

Determination of application

Applications will be determined within 10 working days. If we do not determine the application within the 10 working day period, the application will be deemed to have been granted. 

Duration of Licence

A licence will usual be granted for 12 months or more unless there are good reasons for granting a licence for a shorter period such as plans for future changes in use of road space. A licence granted or deemed to be granted will not be valid beyond 30 September 2021.

Other regulatory processes

The measures included in the Act modify provisions in the Licensing Act 2003 to provide automatic extensions to the terms of on-sales alcohol licences to allow for off-sales. It will be a temporary measure to boost the economy, with provisions lasting until the end of September 2021. Once a licence is granted, or deemed to be granted, the applicant will also benefit from deemed planning permission to use the land for anything done pursuant to the licence while the licence is valid.

Further Information

For further information please email licensing@brentwood.gov.uk