The coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses across the economy causing many to cease trading for several months while others have had to significantly modify their operations.
The Business and Planning Act which came into effect on 23 July 2020 enables businesses serving food and drink to apply for a Pavement Licence to assist their business with social distancing guidelines. The licence will allow furniture, such as tables and chairs, to be placed on the Highway adjacent to the premises, to sell or serve food or drink supplied from or in connection with the premises, and for the consumption of food and drink.
The furniture which will be able to be used is:
- counters or stalls for selling or serving food or drink
- tables, counters or shelves on which food or drink can be placed
- chairs, benches or other forms of seating
- umbrellas, barriers, heaters and other articles used in connection with the outdoor consumption of food or drink
This furniture will be required to be removable, which in principle this means it is not a permanent fixed structure, and is able to be moved easily, and stored away of an evening.
This is a temporary measure and will expire on 30 September 2021.
The cost for a Pavement Licence will be £100.