Added on: 27th July, 2020 by O1
Following Orpington 1st BID conversations with Bromley Council the licence period for the new pavement licence has been doubled, from 6 months to 12 months.
Restaurants applying through the new fast-track process for a “pavement licence” from Bromley Council for the placement of furniture such as tables and chairs on the pavement outside their premises will be covered for a full year, if successful. The licence costs £100.
On 25 June 2020 the government announced a relaxation to planning and licensing laws to help the hospitality industry recover from the coronavirus lockdown.
The Business and Planning Act makes it easier for cafes and restaurants to seat and serve customers outdoors through temporary changes to planning procedures and alcohol licensing. It is designed to enable businesses to maximise their capacity whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
If you wish to place tables and chairs on the public highway outside of your premises, you will need a pavement licence issued under these provisions.
You can apply for a licence now HERE
Applications and payments for pavement licences will only be accepted online and all communication will be undertaken electronically.
Licences are issued at Bromley Council's discretion and will be refused where there is not enough space on the pavement for your tables and chairs without causing disruption, obstruction or inconvenience to other street users.
The licence will be issued subject to the conditions shown in the current pavement licensing policy. Additionally it will be subject to any mandatory conditions set by the government in respect of pavement licences issued under these provisions.
The temporary permission for pavement licences under the Business and Planning Act is scheduled to expire in 30 September 2021.