Pavement Licences

Business and Planning Act 2020

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 has come into force extending pavement licence renewal dates to 30th September 2024.

This legislation has received Royal Assent and so businesses can now apply for a pavement cafe licence. Applications will be processed within 14 days, which is the time specified in the legislation.

You will need to apply for a pavement cafe licence if you wish to place furniture, e.g. tables and chairs, on the public highway to sell or consume food or drink.

We can only consider applications for an area that is part of the maintained highway within the district of North West Leicestershire.

Approval is not automatic and you must not place any furniture or displays on the highway until a licence has been issued.

What you need to know

Furniture will only be permitted to be placed on the highway during the times specified on the licence and must be removed at the end of each day.

Licences are temporary and will not be issued beyond 30th September 2024.

The size of the area to be licensed will depend on the site characteristics, safety considerations and the criteria set by us to maintain adequate highway space for both pedestrians and vehicles.

An absolute minimum width of 1.8 metres must be left between the proposed area and the kerb, which may be increased to 3 metres in busier areas. This may be relaxed where there is a temporary road closure in place.

Who is eligible?

Businesses that are eligible include pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops, and ice cream parlours.


The fees are locally set and to support businesses under this temporary permission, the district council will not be charging a fee.

How to apply

All applications and supporting documents must be returned via email.  You will need to complete the application form Pavement Licence Area Application Form (PDF Document, 0.33 Mb) and return with all supporting documents to 

Please note, we will reject an incomplete application so please make sure everything listed below and on the check list at the bottom of the application is included when you submit your application. 

We are unable to process paper documents due to time limits.

When applying you must include the following list of supporting documents.

  • Consent forms from neighbouring premises
  • A plan clearly identifying the location of the premises with a red line
  • A plan clearly showing the proposed area to be covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown, including:
    • Any other street furniture in the area, such as lamp posts or bins
    • Distance from proposed area to kerb
    • Width / depth of the proposed area
    • Evidence that there is sufficient space around the proposed area so that all highway-related issues can be considered
    • The potential siting of the furniture within the proposed area.
  • Evidence of Public Liability Insurance (£5 million)
  • Photographs of all the proposed furniture to be used
  • Health and safety risk assessment.
  • Photographic evidence of the public notice in situ

Standard Conditions

Standard conditions are attached to all pavement café licenses.   The conditions can be found here Pavement Cafe Licence Conditions 2020 (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

What happens after I apply?

Once the application has been accepted, you will receive an email confirming the start of a 7 day consultation period to determine if the proposed area is suitable. We will consult with a number of interested parties during this period.

You will be required to display a notice at the premises for the 7 day period and provide photographic evidence that this has been displayed. The notice must be prominently displayed where it can be conveniently read from the exterior of the premises.  A template public notice can be found below.

Pending pavement licence applications

All applications are published on the council’s website here View Licence Applications

Useful documents:


Pavement Cafe Licence Conditions 2020 (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

Health and Safety Guidance and Risk Assessment Template

Application form and template public notice:

Pavement Licence Area Application Form (PDF Document, 0.33 Mb)

Template Notice (PDF Document, 0.54 Mb)

For Alcohol Licensed Premises the Home Office has now published guidance on temporary off sales permissions which can be viewed here

Last updated: Wed 20 December, 2023 @ 10:55