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Apply for a pavement licence

What you need to know

Pavement licences currently expire on 30 September. You will need to make a new application to extend your licence to 30 September 2024 . The new licence will have the same terms and you will have to pay the fee which is £100. Here is what you need to know:

  • you must be a food business to apply for a pavement licence. This can be selling food on or off your premises
  • we will make a decision on your licence within seven days 
  • you cannot appeal a refused licence 
  • you will not get a refund if your licence is refused
  • your application will be automatically granted if we do not make a decision
  • the licence will last until 30 September 2024. If your licence expires then you need to make a new application to extend it to 30 September 2024 . The new licence will have the same terms and you will have to pay the fee which is £100.

The pavement licence on its own does not allow you to trade. You must apply for:

  • a premises licence if you are selling alcohol or late-night refreshments
  • a club premises certificate if you are supplying alcohol
  • a street trading consent if you are selling items in the street. This includes selling food or drink

We offer pre-application advice on this licence.

You can view our recently received pavement licence applications.


The application fee is £100

How to advertise your application

You must:

  • use this  notice (Word doc) [17KB]  to advertise your application. The consultation starts the next working day after your application is valid and lasts for seven days.
  • take a photo of the notice in place and send it to with your application
  • tell any residents and businesses that your application may affect. This is important so people can let you know their concerns
  • talk to other nearby businesses who may be applying for a pavement licence. It's better if you're not applying for the same pavement area for use at the same time

Apply for a pavement licence

The following documents are needed to submit your application:

  • plan of area to be used
  • evidence of right to occupy area
  • images of furniture and any other objects to be used (e.g. chairs, umbrellas)
  • proof of public liability insurance
  • plan showing the location of the premises outlined by a red line
  • evidence of the notice displayed

Start your application

To make this application you will need to:

  1. click the button below, create an account, or log in to the licensing portal
  2. after logging in select 'licensing' from the left hand side menu 
  3. select 'Business and Planning'
  4. you can then select the licence to apply for or renew

Apply for a Pavement Licence (opens new window)

After you submit your application

When we receive your application, we will contact the relevant organisations. 

Please read the pavement licensing policy (PDF) [343KB] for any further details.