Temporary pavement licences

Business and Planning Act 2020: West Suffolk Council has opened applications for temporary pavement licences for premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption. Cafes, restaurants and pubs can apply for the temporary pavement licence.

Once approved, these licences will allow eligible businesses to put tables and chairs on the public highway outside their premises to attract more customers and increase trade, while also promoting social distancing and subject to normal highway safe passage requirements.

Temporary pavement licences, which are are available free of charge, will last until 30 September 2022. However, they are subject to a statutory notice period of 10 working days, during which time people will have an opportunity to comment on the application.

How to apply

This is part of West Suffolk Council's support to help businesses open and stay open while reducing the spread of COVID-19.