Street Cafes and Goods Displays on the Highway

Temporary Pavement Licences during COVID-19

Section 115e of the Highways Act 1980

A pavement licence is a licence granted by the council which allows the licence-holder to place removable furniture, such as tables and chairs, on the highway.  The licence process is to ensure they are properly set up, licensed and operated such that they benefit the business, enhance the local area and do not cause a problem for other users of the street.

As a result of COVID-19 and the restrictions advised following government guidelines, the council is introducing temporary measures to support businesses while still encouraging social distancing. The government has issued the Business and Planning Act 2020 which defines the use of Temporary Pavement Licences.

The new process introduces a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to secure a pavement licence to place furniture on the highway. This will support them to operate safely while social distancing measures remain in place. This will provide much needed income over the coming months and protect as many hospitality jobs as possible.

The council will still take into consideration, public health & safety and accessibility before a licence is granted. 

The Temporary Pavement Licences guidance will be in effect until Thursday 30 September 2021, unless advised otherwise by the government. 

Guidance for applicants

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they follow government social distancing guidelines. 

Businesses are advised to take strong measures to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This would require reducing the number of tables and chairs in the licensed sitting area and ensuring one-metre social distancing can be achieved.

See the full guidance notes and for more information see the government information for Business and Planning Bill and guidance note.

Three factors are taken into account when considering an application:

  • How your proposed display will look when it is up and running.
  • The amount of space your display will remove from the public highway.
  • The effect your display will have on residents, workers, shoppers and visitors.

Please note that licences are non-transferable.

New applications for a Temporary Pavement Licence

If you do not currently hold a licence, you must make an application before you can display your furniture on the highway. Due to COVID-19, the cost is £100 per new application (until otherwise advised by the government).

The council aims to carry out a consultation and determine the application within 14 working days of a complete application being submitted with supporting documents.

If the application is successful, there would be no charge for the area fee. 

Evidence must be provided of Public Liability Insurance of £5 million. Licence would be granted for a six month period.

Renewal application for Pavement Licence 

Due to COVID-19, the cost is £100 per new application (until otherwise advised by the government). 

There would be no charge for the area fee. Evidence must be provided of Public Liability Insurance of £5 million. Licence would be granted for a six month period.

Goods display on the highway

This form is currently unavailable, for an application form, please email highways@rbwm.gov.uk.

Highways team : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Highways Team - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road,
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683800