Street cafe consent

To place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement, you will need to apply for us to issue a street cafe consent under the Highways Act 1980 sections 115B and 115E.

All representations received must be considered and any other relevant authorities must be consulted. Consents must not be unreasonably withheld. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.


Peterborough City Council charges £32.03 per square metre per month for each allocation of space for outside seating and £10.61 for the surrounding area.

Qualifying criteria

A summary of the regulation relating to this consent is within the Street Cafe Conditions. We agree to the consent for the hire of the pavement area to the businesses in compliance with street cafe conditions.

Public notice of the application must be given detailing the proposal and deadline for representations.

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before a licence can be granted. If you have not heard from us with a reasonable period (28 days), you can contact us. 

Failed application redress

An appointed arbitrator will determine if consent has been unreasonably withheld. Please contact City Centres Services via email in the first instance, within 14 days.

Licence holder redress

An appointed arbitrator will adjudicate if there is disagreement as to conditions attached.

Other redress

It is always advisable to make contact with City Centre Services by giving details of any complaints e.g., space issues, another trader encroaching their tables and chairs on to the allotted spaces of the first trader.