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Pavement licence applications and consultations

Pavement licence

You need a pavement licence if your business wants to place furniture on the highway to sell or serve food and drink or allow it to be used to eat food or drink supplied from, or in connection with your premises.

A pavement licence permits the placing of:

  • counters, or stalls for selling or serving food or drink
  • tables, counters or shelves on which food or drink can be placed
  • chairs, benches or other forms of seating
  • umbrellas, barriers, heaters and other articles used in connection with the outdoor consumption of food or drink

The Government has published extensive guidance on pavement licensing. We recommend you read this guidance and the standard licence conditions below before applying for a licence so you fully understand what's involved.

The process has changed for new (or renewing applications) from 31st March 2024.

Standard conditions

To ensure pavement licenses are used in a safe and appropriate manner, the council has set standard conditions which will apply to all licences granted (see below). Additional individual specific conditions may also be attached to the licence, where it is considered necessary.

1. The Licence Holder shall ensure that no activity undertaken by them by the placing of furniture on the highway will:

  • (a) Prevent traffic, other than vehicular traffic, from:
    (i) entering the relevant highway at a place where such traffic could otherwise enter it (ignoring any pedestrian planning order or traffic order made in relation to the highway),
    (ii) passing along the relevant highway, or
    (iii) having normal access to premises adjoining the relevant highway,
  • (b) Prevent any use of vehicles which is permitted by a pedestrian planning order or which is not prohibited by a traffic order,
  • (c) Prevent statutory undertakers having access to any apparatus of theirs under, in, on or over the highway, or
  • (d) Prevent the operator of an electronic communications code network having access to any electronic communications apparatus kept installed for the purposes of that network under, in, on or over the highway.

2. The licence holder must ensure clear routes of access are maintained, taking into account the needs of disabled people and the recommended minimum footway widths and distances required for access by mobility impaired and visually impaired people as set out in the Department for Transport’s “Inclusive Mobility” document in force at the time this licence is granted, and the licence is granted subject to those requirements.

3. The licence holder must make reasonable provision for seating where smoking is not permitted.

4. The Licence Holder must ensure that all persons using the defined area remain seated at all times save for the purposes of entering and exiting the area. No person should be allowed to remain standing whilst consuming food and/or drink in the area. For the avoidance of doubt, no food and/or drink shall be served to any person unless they are seated in the defined area.

5. The Licence Holder shall comply with all requirements of the government’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic at all times whilst licensed, and will abide by any requirements stipulated by the government and/or the council in this regard. This shall include, but is not restricted to, ensuring social distancing is observed, and track and trace details of customers and visitors to the facility are taken and kept for the required 21 day period.

6. Furniture placed on the pavement after the granting of a licence must be in accordance with the details and plans provided at the time of the application. No changes are permitted without prior approval from the Council.

7. All furniture shall be kept in a clean, safe and well maintained condition. Any canopies, umbrellas and heaters must be adequately secured.

8. The licence holder must not place any furniture in the licensed area more than 30 minutes before the hours as specified on this licence, and must remove all furniture either at the end of the trading day, or within 30 minutes of the end of the hours as specified on this licence, whichever is the earliest. When not in use, all furniture must be stored securely inside a premises away from the highway. Where applicable a pavement licence shall not be issued for hours that exceed those permitted by the premises licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003.

9. If the furniture is (a) not removed outside the permitted hours, unless otherwise agreed in writing with Peterborough City Council or (b) located in breach of the licence conditions or other regulatory requirements, the Highway Authority may remove and store or dispose furniture, at the cost of the licence holder and with no responsibility for safekeeping.

10. The premises must not place A-boards or any other form of advertising or signage on the highway outside of the licensed area.

11. All furniture authorised by the licence must be removed by time stipulated in licence, or on the day any revocation notice is served. The Council reserves the legal right to recover costs of any furniture removal from the licence holder.

12. For the duration of the licence, the Licensee shall maintain a public liability insurance policy up to the value of £5 million pounds against any liability, loss or damage, claim or proceeding whatsoever arising under Statute or Common law in respect of the placing and maintaining of the tables and chairs on the highway or their removal there from.

13. The Licensee shall be responsible for keeping the designated area in a clean and tidy condition at all times, and will ensure that the area covered by the licence is left clean and tidy once the furniture is removed at the end of the trading day.

14. Any waste produced by the business will be handled safely, and disposed of in accordance with the law.

15. The Licence Holder must comply with any request to allow highway maintenance and any other necessary remedial work to be carried out at the location covered by the licence. The Licence Holder must also comply with any request to remove the furniture due to an emergency situation, special or unforeseen event. A reasonable period of notice will be given to the licensee where possible. The Highways Authority and/or Peterborough City Council will not be liable for any loss of earnings arising out of the loss of use of a licence whilst complying with any such request. 

16. No furniture other than that stipulated on the application is permitted to be used. Any replacement furniture must be like for like. Where this is not possible, approval from the Council must be sought prior to the installation of replacement furniture.

17. No form of entertainment (incl. background music) is permitted in the licensed area, this includes the placing of speakers or any other equipment for the amplification of sound.

18. Peterborough City Council reserve the right to restrict the use of glass in the licensed area. This may mean a complete restriction and or limiting use to specific times of the day.

19. The licence holder must ensure that the area covered by the licence is monitored regularly by staff to ensure compliance with the licence conditions and to ensure that the area operates in a safe and orderly manner to reduce the risk of nuisance.

20. The licence holder shall not allow their customers to cause any form of nuisance or annoyance to: Any other users of the highway; Any neighbouring residents, or Any neighbouring businesses.

21. During hours of use, the licence holder or a nominated representative must be available to receive and respond to complaints. Keep a record of complaints received, to be available to Council officers on request, and action taken as a result of them.

22. During the hours of darkness, suitable and sufficient lighting must be provided to ensure safe use of the area. Any proposals to provide additional lighting to the licensed area must be approved in writing by the Council.

23. When the licensed area is in use, the licence holder must make toilets and hand washing facilities available for customers, including to wheelchair accessible standards where it is practicable and reasonable to do so.

24. The licence holder shall ensure that disabled persons and wheelchair users can be adequately and safely served.

25. Only alcohol purchased from the connected premises may be consumed within the licensed area. Consumption of alcohol by children is restricted in the licenced pavement area as if it were part of the licenced premises area. Staff must monitor the area to unsure underage consumption of alcohol does not take place

26. The front page of the licence and Annex 1 plan must be prominently displayed on the premises so that it may be easily viewed.

27. The licensee is responsible for carrying out the reinstatement of the highway in the event of any damage to the highway occurring as a result of the activity (if requested to do so by the Highway Authority). The permanent surface reinstatement shall be carried out to the satisfaction of the Highways Authority.

28. The licence is not transferable.

29. These conditions may be varied where appropriate to reflect any changes in local areas and will come into effect upon written notification by the Council.

30. The Licence Holder shall ensure that the footway is not obstructed by patrons waiting to be seated, or by any other items of furniture or personal possessions of patrons.

31. The council reserves the right to revoke this licence at any time if there is a failure to comply with any of the above conditions.

Apply for a pavement licence

Your business must fix a site notice of the application to the premises on the day you submit your application for a pavement licence.

To apply, you will need:

  • to read and understand our standard conditions on this page
  • evidence of the right to occupy the premises
  • a copy of your certificate of public liability insurance, or cover note, in the sum of at least £5 million
  • pictures of the design of all furniture to be used
  • a plan or drawing of the site clearly showing the location of the premises, the relevant part of the highway to be used and the precise positions for all furniture
  • a copy of your road closure order, if applicable
  • a clear photograph of your site notice in situ (see below for notice template).

The fee for applying for a licence is capped at £500 for first time applications and £350 for renewals. Fees will be set locally. It is for the licensing authority to determine the appropriate charge. As this is new guidance, we are considering fees and will issue these shortly. Please contact us for more information.

Pavement licence application form

Complete the application form below and email it to along with all required supporting documentation. You can also use the email above for any queries you may have.

Site notice for a pavement licence

On the day you submit your application for a pavement licence, you must fix a notice of the application to the premises. The notice needs to be visible and must be easily read by members of the public who are not on the premises.

The notice must remain in place until the end of the 14 days (excluding public holidays) public consultation period which starts on the day after you have made a complete and valid application. If you fail to display the notice for the required period of time, the application will be refused.

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Next steps following an application

Once you submit your application and information to us, we have 28 days from the day after the application is made (excluding public holidays) to consult on and determine the application.

  • 14 calendar days for public consultation
  • 14 calendar days to consider and determine the application after the consultation

We will consult with:

  • Highways
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Planning
  • Licensing
  • Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
  • Pollution control
  • Food and safety
  • Local councillors
  • Public

Public consultations

Street furniture

To make a representation or object to an application for a pavement licence, email within the consultation period giving clear reasons why you object to the application, or part of the application.


Starbucks has submitted an application for a pavement licence. The closing date for comments is 3 June 2024.

Premises with approved pavement licences

The following premises in Peterborough have approved pavement licences until 30 September 2024:

  • Argo Lounge
  • The Bean Around Café
  • Bijou
  • Blind Tiger (ZT Logistics)
  • Bottle and Board Ltd
  • Caffe Nero (Nero Holdings Ltd)
  • Cote Brasserie
  • Embassy (Stonegate Pub Company)
  • Five Guys
  • Franco Manca
  • Grizzlers Burgers
  • Kaspas
  • Kokoro
  • Las Iguanas
  • Middletons Steakhouse
  • Nandos
  • Nata Lisboa
  • O'Neills
  • Parrotts fish and chips
  • Pizza Express
  • Queens Head
  • Tap and Tandoori
  • The Bumble Inn
  • The Coffee House
  • The Dice Box
  • The Stoneworks Bar
  • Turtle Bay
  • Wagamama