SummaryYou need a licence to use an area of public highway for the placing of tables, chairs and other furniture outside for customers to use whilst eating food and drink.
Annual table and chairs licence £309.
There is an additional charge of £16 per square meter per twelve month period for the area of highway occupied by the table and chairs.
Once your application has been approved we will advise the fees payable. All payments should be made via our website using the link which will be emailed to you.
Table and Chairs licences are granted for standard hours only, these hours may not be varied.
The standard times for which table and chairs licences are granted where the premises is not on Canal Street are as follows:
Monday to Sunday Start: 8am Finish: 11pm
Where the premises are on Canal Street, the standard hours for which table and chairs licences are granted are as follows:
Monday to Saturday Start: 11am Finish: 11pm
Sunday Start: 11am Finish: 10pm
Where the premises are on Canal Street’s extended area (canal side), the standard hours for which table and chairs licences are granted are as follows:
Monday to Thursday Start: 6pm Finish: 11pm
Friday to Saturday Start: 1pm Finish: 11pm
Sunday Start: 1pm Finish: 10pm
Application and guidance notes
Notify us to amend business or ownership details or reduction of furniture and other equipment. If you wish to increase your footprint, a new application is required.
Due to Coronavirus we have introduced a simplified temporary table and chairs licence see how to apply.
- photos or brochures showing types of furniture, umbrellas etc;
- specification describing details, materials and colours (these could be notes on plans);
- an electronic location plan at 1:1250 scale plan showing premises;
- an electronic location plan at 1:50 showing boundary, kerb and building lines, points of access including the property, key dimensions, seating and other furniture layout; and
- an electronic elevation plan at 1:50 or 1:20 with supporting detail if required to show the means of enclosure.
Processing and timescales
Where the application is not consistent with any of the spatial, location or environmental guidelines (see section 1-3 of the guidance notes); the applicant is strongly encouraged to seek pre-approval for the proposal from us.
Upon receipt of a valid application, this will be subject to a 28 day public consultation which will commence within 5 working days.
Where no objections are received (or representations are received and informally resolved) the application for a licence will be granted pending the confirmation of valid planning permission. Notification of this decision will be given within 5 working days of the end of the consultation period. Where representations are received (and not withdrawn) the application will be determined within 20 working days of the end of the consultation period.
We will publish a notice in a conspicuous location at or near the premises to which the application relates setting out the period during which representations can be made. A copy of this notice shall also be given to the owner or occupier of any premises appearing to be materially affected. A minimum 28 day period from the date the notice is published will be specified during which representations can be made. Any relevant authorities shall also be consulted on the application as part of this process.
All representations received within the period specified in the notice must be considered in determining the application. Where representations are received (and not withdrawn) a hearing may be conducted to determine the application. We may attach such conditions to the Licence as it sees fit. Consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.
Where the application is granted, the licence will be issued once relevant Planning Permission and payment is received.
Where the application is refused; upon Appeal, an appointed arbitrator will determine if consent has been unreasonably withheld.
Validity and renewalsThe licence is valid for 12 months and renewed annually.
Contact Licensing to view the public register - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Licensing in the first instance.