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Street Cafe Licence

Nothing beats having a cuppa tea and a greasy fry-up in the local cafe. But those tables and chairs outside just didn’t magically appear by themselves you know. The Street Cafe Licence is a licence granted to food premises such as cafe, restaurant and bars allowing the management of such premises to place tables and chairs on a public footpath in front of the premises to sell food and refreshments.

LICENCE Name

Street Cafe Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £350
VALID FOR 1 year
ELIGIBILITY 18+
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED N/A
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Application for Street Cafe Licence

Apply via local council
2

Supply pre-licence documentation

Public liability insurance document
Location Plan
Site Plan
Public Notice and display
Get Licenced

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What is a Street Cafe Licence?

A Street Cafe 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.

This is a requirement under section 115E of the 1980 Highways Act and is designed to ensure cafés operate safely and attractively without interfering with other legitimate uses of the street.

How to apply for a Street Cafe Licence

The holder of the licence for the premises should be the occupier or someone who is concerned in the conduct or management of the business.

Street Cafe Licences applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

Criteria

To apply for a street cafe licence, you must ensure that you are able to provide the following documents:

Public liability insurance document

The person to whom a licence is granted must always have valid public liability insurance for at least £5,000,000.

Location Plan

When you apply for a Street Cafe Licence, you need to include an A4 plan clearly showing the premises and the location of your proposed outdoor seating area.

Site Plan

When you apply for a Street Café Licence, you will also need to submit a site plan of at least 1:200 showing the precise location and proposed setting out of the tables and chairs.

The site plan should include the following:

access points

building lines

kerbs

dimensions of seating area

table and chair arrangement

layout of other furniture / items

plan and elevation (1:50) of barriers / enclosures.

a lighting scheme if the licensed area is to operate after dusk

Displaying an advertising notice

You need to complete a Public Notice and display it on or near the premises. It should be in a location that's easily visible from the street for a period of at least 28 days from the date you apply for a Street Cafe Licence.

FAQs

A street cafe is one or more tables and chairs placed on the street that is serviced from a building for the purpose of allowing patrons to sit, eat and drink.
Unlicensed venues without a Street Cafe Licence will face enforcement action from local authorities.
Street cafe licences are valid for 12 months. If you wish to extend the licence after the initial 12 months period you must apply for a new licence.
Applications are typically processed within 28 days but can vary depending on local authority.