Street cafe licence

Street Cafe Licence & The Business and Planning Act 2020

From 22 July 2020 to 30 September 2021 the above act provides a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars 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.

Please note to allow for social distancing, an extra 1 metre of clearance from the boundary of your pavement cafe area is required, in most instances, this will mean that you will need 3 metres of total clearance. Failure to include this on your plan will mean that the application will be refused. Failure to follow this rule will result in your licence being revoked.

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.

The last date for applications is 15 June 2021 (due to a minimum duration of 3 months). All licences granted under this act will cease to exist from 1 October 2021.

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 2021.

Current street pavement cafe licence applications

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