From Wednesday 5 August hospitality businesses like restaurants, pubs and cafes can apply for a pavement licence. This means they can put tables and chairs out on the pavement in front of their businesses and serve food and drink outside.
This is a temporary 'fast-track' application process, added to the existing pavement licensing rules to help boost the economy after COVID-19. The new arrangement will last until the end of September 2021.
Full details of this new provision including the; scope, application and determination process, conditions, enforcement and review procedures are set out in our Pavement Licensing Policy.
You can give your opinion and comment on a pavement licence through our pavement licence consultation.
There will be an online application form available from Wednesday 5 August.
At the start of the application form there will be a list of what you will need to complete the process.
For the first six weeks applications will be free. A fee of £100.00 will apply from Thursday 17 September.
Pavement licence consultation
Applications are consulted on for five working days (excluding public holidays).
From Wednesday 5 August you will be able to find who has applied for a licence and be able to comment on the application.
We will also consult with:
- SLDC Health and Environment Service (including Environmental Protection and Food and Safety Teams)
- Cumbria Police
- the appropriate county and district Local Ward Councillor(s)
- The appropriate Parish or Town Council
- Cumbria County Council Highways
Consultation time scales
Following the end of public five day consultation period, we have an additional five days to issue a decision on an application. If no decision is issued within this 10 day period the application is automatically granted.