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My balcony overhangs the pavement – can I put tables and chairs under there without a licence?

Posted on 21 December 2016

If the furniture is on any part of the highway (pavements and footways) you will need a licence. Check your property deeds to identify what is within your premises boundary – remember you do not necessarily own the pavement in front of your property! If in doubt contact us for help.

I’ve already got planning permission for outdoor tables and chairs – do I also need a highway licence?

Posted on 21 December 2016

Yes – if you are planning to place any items on the highway, you will need a licence from the highway authority (us) as well.

Is a consultation needed if I am just renewing my licence?

Posted on 21 December 2016

We must carry out a consultation if the details of the licence change – so if you have changed the number of tables and chairs or your operating hours, for example, then a new consultation will be needed.

I have just taken ownership of premises. Is the previous owner’s licence still valid?

Posted on 21 December 2016

No, the licence gives permission to the applicant only. You would have to make a new application, and check with your local planning authority regarding planning permission.

Do I need to get planning permission as well as a highway licence?

Posted on 21 December 2016

We advise you to check with your local planning authority as planning permission may also be required.

Are picnic benches ok?

Posted on 21 December 2016

No – tables and chairs must be easily movable if required, and must not be left out overnight.

What happens if I don’t apply for a licence?

Posted on 21 December 2016

You would be committing an offence under the highways act 1980. Any incident involving public safety relating to your equipment on the highway would be your full responsibility, and it is unlikely your insurance would cover this without a licence from us. Once we are aware of unlicensed items on the highway we will issue […]

Why do I need a licence?

Posted on 21 December 2016

It is our duty to ensure that the highway (including footways and pavements) are safe and accessible to all members of the public. Obstruction of pavements can present a serious problem, particularly to elderly or disabled people, and may be a hazard. We are required to carry out a consultation before issuing a licence for […]