Street cafe licence

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

From July 2023 to 30 September 2024 the above amended act provides a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to secure a licence to secure a licence to place furniture on the highway. You can read the government guidance. In addition to this, please read our policy and guidance information.

You will need to ensure you operate within our street pavement cafe conditions and ensure that you meet the street pavement cafe pre-application checklist.

Any applications for a licence beyond 11pm will only be considered if your premises employs SIA door security and the use of the tables and chairs is included in your risk assessment. Any applications for beyond midnight will be objected to and a committee hearing will be arranged.

How to apply

You must apply online. The fee for this application is £100.

On the date of application you must erect a public notice and ensure that the notice remains on display for 7 days, following the date of application. This notice must be displayed where it can be easily read by passing members of the public at any time. Failure to do so will invalidate your application and require you to resubmit your application.

Following the 7 day consultation, the Council will have 7 days to determine the application.

Duration of licence

The duration of all pavement cafe licences granted under the above act will be from the date they are granted until 30 September 2024.

To apply for a Street Pavement Café Permit under the Highways Act 1980, please e-mail requesting more information.’

Current street pavement café licence applications

ApplicantPremisesApplication typeClosing date for representations
Funbox Entertainment (UK) LimitedFunbox Reading, Units 49,50 and 52 Broad Street Mall, Reading RG1 7QEGrant of a street pavement cafe permit for 9 tables and 36 chairs on the following dates and times: Monday to Sunday from 0700hrs to 2300hrs28/11/2023

The consultation period is 7 days from the date of application. If you wish to make a representation, please email stating the grounds for your objection. Any representations received after the consultation period will not be considered.

Last updated on 21/11/2023