Pavement licence

To help businesses reopen and manage social distancing guidelines, the government has announced that businesses selling food and drink can now apply for a new pavement licence, which will allow them to place street furniture adjacent to their businesses onto the pavement.

The licences will be valid up to 3 months and will then need to be renewed with the local authority to continue exercising the right to use the space for the validity of the licence. The £100 non-refundable payment fee is payable with every renewal.

A pavement licence will cease to exist from September 2023, after which premises will no longer be able to use the licence to trade on the pavement and will need to apply for a shop front trading licence if they wish to continue trading on the public highway.


Changing a shop front licence to a pavement licence

If you want to change your shop front licence to a pavement licence, you can do so within 30 days of your shop front licence being granted. After that time, you will not be able to get a refund unless your business is closing down or you intend to stop using tables and chairs altogether.

Who needs a pavement licence?

Pavement licences are for businesses that are looking to use the public highway to place street furniture (either fully or in part) for the sale or consumption of food and/or drink on or off the premises.

All street furniture placed on the public highway must be removed at the end of each trading day as specified in your licence.

The granting of a pavement licence doesn’t grant planning permission for leaving items on the public highway outside of the authorised hours. Failure to remove them may place your licence at risk of revocation and street furniture seized.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the pavement licence application form and email it to or hand-deliver to:

Markets & Street Trading Office, Unit 2bii, Kingsland Shopping Centre, Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2LX.

Applications not submitted by one of these methods won’t be accepted and you will need to reapply for the licence using the correct process.

If completing the application form on a computer, use Adobe Acrobat so that you can save your work after you have completed the text fields.

What happens after I apply?

Page updated on: 24 February 2023