Street cafe licence

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2022

From 21 July 2022 to 30 September 2023 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 2023.

To apply for a Street Pavement Cafe Permit under the Highways Act 1980, please e-mail licensing@reading.gov.uk requesting more information.

Current street pavement cafe licence applications

ApplicantPremisesApplication typeClosing date for representations
3D Global LtdBru Coffee & Gelato, 104-105 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 1EPRenewal of a street pavement café permit
for 4 tables and 8 chairs,
Monday to Sunday from 7am to 11pm
06/10/2022
New World Trading Company (UK) LimitedThe Botanist, Unit 1, 1-5 King Street, ReadingRenewal of a street pavement café permit
for 10 tables and 40 chairs, Monday to Sunday from 9am to 1am
06/10/2022

Reading Coffee Makers Ltd
Coffee Under Pressure, 7 Blagrave Street, ReadingRenewal of a street pavement café permit for 5 tables and 7 chairs, Monday to Sunday from 7am to 5pm05/10/2022
vvvs2 LtdEarley Café, 121 Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1LHRenewal of a street pavement café permit
for 4 tables and 16 chairs, Monday to Sunday from 7am to 4pm
04/10/2022
Destination Foods LimitedVel South Indian Kitchen & Bar, 73-75 Whitley Street, Reading RG2 0EGRenewal of street pavement café permit for 3 tables and 10 chairs, Monday to Sunday 7am to 10pm29/09/2022
W Licensing LimitedThe Alehouse, 2 Broad Street, Reading RG1 2BHRenewal of street pavement café permit for 2 picnic benches, Monday to Sunday 11am to 11pm29/09/2022
Soydas Hospitality LimitedFlame Grill, 23-24 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DERenewal of street pavement café permit for 8 tables and 16 chairs, Monday to Sunday 11am to 11pm29/09/2022
Costa LimitedCosta, 4 Butter Market, Reading RG1 2DPRenewal of street pavement café permit for 7 tables and 21 chairs, Monday to Sunday 7am to 7pm28/09/2022
Costa LimitedCosta, 99 Broad Street, Reading RG1 2AXRenewal of street pavement café permit for 6 tables and 12 chairs, Monday to Saturday, 6am to 9pm and Sunday 7am to 8pm28/09/2022
Soul Coffee House (South) LimitedStarbucks, 6 Kings Street, Reading RG1 2HBRenewal of street pavement café permit for 5 tables and 16 chairs, Monday to Sunday 6.30am to 8.30pm27/09/2022
ThaiGrr! LtdThaiGrr!, 1D Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7QFRenewal of street pavement café permit for 6 tables and 12 chairs, Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm26/09/2022
The Jolly Anglers LtdThe Jolly Anglers, 314-316 Kennet Side, Reading RG1 3EARenewal of street pavement café permit for 4 tables and 24 chairs, Monday to Sunday 10am to 11pm23/09/2022

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