What is a Pavement Licence?

Any person whose primary business premises are used, or proposed to be used, for the sale or consumption of food and drink, on or off the premises, can apply for a Pavement Licence to permit the outdoor selling and/or consumption of food and drink from tables, chairs and/or other temporary furniture on the pavement adjacent to their primary business premises.  

Any person wishing to obstruct the highway for any other reason must apply to Norfolk County Council (opens new window) for permission.  

Business and Planning Act 2020 - Pavement Licence

Applicants may apply to the Council for permission under the Business and Planning Act 2020 to place temporary furniture on the highway (pavements) where the placing of this furniture is adjacent to their business premises.

This permission can only be used for the purpose of selling or consuming food and drink in connection with the activity of the main premises, which itself must be a food and drink selling business.

All applications must be made electronically, this is a requirement of the legislation.

All applications are subject to a 14 day public consultation commencing the day after the day the application is made.

Decisions must be made by the Council by the end of the 14th day commencing the day after the consultation period ends.

Tacit consent will apply if the Council does not determine a valid application within the above timeframes. 

There is no right of appeal if the application is refused.

A pavement licence can be revoked.

Licences will last for two years unless stipulated otherwise.

A fee of £500.00 is payable for new licences and £330.00 for licence renewals.

Pavement Licence Conditions

In accordance with Section 5 of the Business and Planning Act 2020, the Council has published a list of conditions that will be attached to all Pavement Licences.  This document includes the two National Conditions relating to smoke free provisions and not causing an obstruction.  All Pavement Licences, both granted and deemed granted (i.e. obtained by tacit consent) will be required to comply with these at all times.  The Council may add additional conditions where required to allow the provision of a Pavement Licence.

Pavement Licence Conditions effective 12 June 2024

How to apply for a Pavement Licence

Last updated: 27/06/2024 12:31:03