Pavement licences

A pavement licence is a licence granted by the local authority, or deemed to have been granted, which allows the licence-holder to place removable furniture over certain highways adjacent to the premises in relation to which the application was made, for certain purposes.

The Business and Planning Act 2020 came into force on the 22 July 2020 and so therefore a pavement licence may now be applied for at a cost of £100 and if approved the licence would run until 30 September 2022.

Amber Valley Borough Council will consider your application for a pavement licence in accordance with the terms and conditions.

Prior to completing the application form, please note the following important information:

  • Important - a pavement licence is only required if you are intending to sell food or drink or provide facilities (e.g. tables and chairs) for consuming food or drink on a public highway.
  • The licence can operate between the hours of 9:00am and 11:00pm. Further restrictions on operating hours may be applicable at some locations and you will be advised if these restrictions apply at your location.
  • The applicant shall have public liability insurance in the sum of at least £5 million.
  • The licence shall run for the period specified (minimum 3 months) or until 30 September 2022.
  • The local authority has 10 working days from the day after the receipt of a valid application to consult on and determine the application.

The application process is accessed by using our online application form.

Official government guidance which can be viewed at www.gov.uk/government/publications/pavement-licences-draft-guidance/draft-guidance-pavement-licences-outdoor-seating-proposal.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 570222 or email licensing@ambervalley.gov.uk