A licence is required to use a portion of a public street, road
or place for the sale of food and drink and for the placing of
tables, chairs or other temporary furniture outside a restaurant or
cafe for patrons to use whilst consuming food and drink.
If you wish to gain a licence for the above you will need to
gain consent by completing and submitting the application form
available to download. Please note that conditions may apply to the
Be aware that approval is not automatic and no tables or chairs
should be placed on the highway until formal approval has been
That application for a licence is deemed to be acceptance of the
conditions by the applicant. Failure to comply with these
conditions will result in the licence being withdrawn.
Street Cafe Licence - Conditions of issue (48kb pdf file)
A summary of the licence
The licence applies to a designated area of the highway outside
which there must be no furniture of any type. The licensee will be
responsible for keeping the licensed area clean and tidy. The
furniture used in these areas must be approved by the Local
Authority so a consistent standard is maintained.
Application evaluation process
Applications for a licence are to be submitted to the Traffic
Management section with the appropriate documents. These include
certificate or cover note of public liability insurance, payment of
the fee, layout of the proposed area including details of furniture
and boundary treatment.
If the licence is to cover use for more than 28 days in one year
then planning permission will be required which the licensee will
be required to obtain prior to the licence application process.
Will tacit consent apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process
your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard
from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact
it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes
service or use the contact details below.
Apply for a licence
contact us in the first instance. An appointed arbitrator will
determine if consent has been unreasonably withheld.
Licence holder redress
Please contact us in the first instance. An appointed arbitrator
will adjudicate if there is disagreement as to conditions
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the
first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the
form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if
you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice.
From outside the UK contact the UK European
Highways and Engineering Service
Number One Riverside
Rochdale OL16 1XU
Tel: 0845 121 2979