The Business and Planning Act introduced a new "Pavement Licence” in July 2020. The operators of businesses selling food and drink may apply to Stafford Borough Council for authorisation and licensing to place removable furniture such as, tables and chairs on the highway adjacent to their premises to sell food and drink from and/or for their customers to use.
As the economy starts to re-open, the Government and the Council wants to do all it can to support recovery, help businesses adjust to new ways of working and create new jobs. This new licensing regime provides a fast-track procedure for the grant of an authorisation that bypasses the existing regulatory regimes connected with Street café licences.
Who can apply for a licence?
Operators of businesses selling food and drink in Stafford Borough premises that can apply include; drinking establishments (pubs, wine bars, etc) and premises that provide food or drink for consumption on or off the premises (restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, etc).
An applicant does not need a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 to apply for a pavement licence.
It is important to note that at this time, if an applicant has a licence to serve alcohol on the premises, temporary amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 contained in the Bill, will generally allow them to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises without needing to apply for a variation of their licence.
The grant of a pavement licence only permits the placing of furniture on the highway adjacent to your premises. Other regulatory frameworks still apply - for example, you will need a premises licence to serve alcohol and a food business registration to serve food.
How much does a licence cost?
A pavement licence costs £100, payable via phone 01785 619745 or online when submitting the application.
How do I apply for a licence?
Applications will only be accepted electronically.
Once your application has been submitted a public notice must be fixed to the premises, advertising to the public/interested parties that a pavement licence has been applied for. This notice must remain in place for the duration of the consultation period which is 7 days, beginning the day after the application has been submitted to Stafford Borough Council.
Please note that once you have submitted your application you cannot increase the amount of furniture you put outside. You must stay within the capacity stated and it must be proportionate to the size of your premise. If changes are required, a new application will need to be made and consulted upon.
Providing we receive no objections from either the responsible authorities consulted (Police Licensing, Fire Service, SCC Highways or Environmental Health) or members of the public, at the end of the consultation period your licence will be issued.
Various conditions will be applied to the licence which applicants must adhere to.
This is a temporary measure to support businesses while social distancing measures may still be in place. As it is uncertain how long some form of social distancing measures will be in place for, the new process will remain in place until the end of September 2021 – giving certainty to businesses for the foreseeable future, supporting them to operate safely while social distancing measures are in place.
This allows businesses enough time to apply for new licences under the existing process if they want to extend beyond the end of September 2021.