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Pavement Licences

Following Royal Assent, the Business and Planning Act 2020 became effective on 22 July 2020.

Both district and borough councils can now issue temporary pavement licences.

This new temporary permission is for businesses wishing to place tables, chairs and other temporary furniture on the pavement outside their premises.

This would be for the consumption of food and drink served from the premises.

Key facts about pavement licence applications

  • A plan, photos and evidence of public liability insurance must be provided with the application form
  • The fee for the application is £80.00 in both Babergh and Mid Suffolk districts
  • There is a seven day public consultation exercise. A public notice must be displayed on the premises for the length of this period
  • The consultation exercise will also include responsible authorities such as Suffolk County Council Highways and the police, which the Council will serve
  • The Council has seven days following the consultation process to decide whether to grant the licence
  • Conditions attached to the licence must be complied with
  • All furniture shall be removed from the pavement by 23:00 hrs on any day of the week
  • The licence will expire on or before 30 September 2021


Please read the guidance notes before completing the application form.

Temporary Pavement Licence Application Form (for applicants in both Babergh and Mid Suffolk)

Guidance on Temporary Pavement Licences

Babergh Public Notice

Mid Suffolk Public Notice

Conditions attached to the grant of a Temporary Pavement Licence

Ways to Pay Leaflet - Babergh

Ways to Pay Leaflet - Mid Suffolk