Table and chair permits
More and more catering businesses now look to take advantage of the outside of their premises by setting up tables and chairs on the footway to accommodate and attract customers. Each time a person wishes to do this, a permit for placing the tables and chairs on the footway is required (a Pavement Permit).
Permits will only be issued to cafes, restaurants, public houses or other catering establishments that serve food and drink within the premises and employ enough staff to provide table service to the outside area and have sufficient number of toilets for use by patrons.
Pavement Permit Policy
Although each application is judged on its individual merits, Councillors have agreed that a ‘Policy’ 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.
It is accepted that the economic prosperity of the borough is affected by the appeal to visitors and residents for leisure, shopping or entertainment purposes. However, it is recognised that if use of the footway for outdoor dining and refreshment is to continue then it must be done in a controlled and managed way, mindful of the needs of other footway users.
Apply for a Licence
The fee to apply can be found on our Licensing Fees and Charges page.