Guide to moveable structures at licensed premises
In January 2022, the Government confirmed that hospitality venues would have the permanent right to erect moveable structures in their outdoor spaces.Read more
For street-facing pubs, cafés and restaurants, the land immediately outside the premises can sometimes be used for additional seating. This not only helps increase the number of customers you can host, but also serves to bring more attention to your business to attract more visitors.
In this video, our Senior Partner & Head of Licensing, Andrew Cochrane, visits a closed pub due for refurbishment and showcases how it will apply for a pavement licence to make the best use of its outdoor space.
Before utilising the space outside your premises, you will firstly need to identify who owns the area. If it is part of the public highway, you will need to seek permission from your local council, and you may also need to obtain planning consent for its change of use.
If the area you wish to use is included within your premises’ boundary, you should check your licence to determine whether alcohol is already permitted to be consumed in the proposed space. If not, then you will need to modify your licensing plan with a variation.
In addition to allowing your customers to consume alcohol outside, you may also wish to sell it from an external bar. If your premises licence does not already permit you to do so, this will need to be added to your premises licence by making a major variation.
Applications to authorise the use of the pavement are known throughout the UK by several different terms, including a table and chairs licence; a pavement café licence; and a street café licence.
The application form, conditions, fees and who you make the application to also differ from authority-to-authority, making the whole process far from straightforward. However, our Licensing team has extensive experience of handling such applications throughout the country and are well placed to assist.
For advice on using outdoor spaces at your licensed premises, contact our Licensing team on 01332 226 151 or fill in the form below.
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