To support businesses, the government is introducing a simpler temporary licensing process for outdoor seating areas to be permitted on the Highway. Licences can only be granted in respect of highways listed in section 115A (1) Highways Act 1980. Generally, these are footpaths restricted to pedestrians or are roads and places to which vehicle access is restricted or prohibited. Highways maintained by Network Rail or over the Crown land are exempt (so a licence cannot be granted).
The licensing regime enables premises such as, but not limited to, pubs, restaurants and cafés to temporarily use the public highway. This is a fast-tracked system and the authority will determine an application within 14 days of receipt. This includes a 7-day consultation with relevant parties.
Applications can only be made electronically. An we are unable to accept any application made any other way. Please contact a member of the team to obtain information regarding submitting an application.