Coronavirus update - Street cafe temporary licence

To prepare for the reopening of bars, cafes and restaurants we are encouraging businesses to apply for a temporary street café licence to place tables and chairs on the pavement outside your premises. The licence is free and lasts up to 31st December 2020. Find out more and what this means for existing licence holders.

You can still apply for a regular street cafe licence below which is valid for 3 years. Fees apply.

Street cafe licence - Tables and chairs

A street cafe licence allows a food business to place tables and chairs on the pavement outside their premises.

Licence conditions include specific furniture requirements, boundaries and appropriate space for passing pedestrians.

Before you apply, read our street cafe licence guidance notes which tells you more about the licence conditions.


The basic fee is £580 for a 3 year licence.

In locations where the council is landowner, such as the city centre, additional fees apply:

  • £10 per year for each table (or similar structure) and
  • £5 per year for each chair or number of persons to be seated on a bench.

How to apply

What happens next?

In most cases planning permission will not be required for a street cafe, but if is needed we will let you know once we have assessed your licence application.

Applications must meet the council's specification criteria for placing tables or chairs on the highway. Public notice of the application must be given detailing the proposal and deadline for representations.

Objections to any proposals will be presented to a council committee for consideration whether to issue the licence. You will be able to present your case for consideration a this committee.

Please read the guidance notes carefully and contact us if you need any further information or help.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

If your application is not approved

If you feel your application has been unreasonably withheld or if there is a disagreement about conditions attached to your application, please contact us in the first instance.  An appointed arbitrator will adjudicate any issues.