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Permission to place tables and chairs on the pavement

Pavement Licence

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Licence summary

To place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement in England and Wales you require a licence from your local authority.

Conditions may be attached and a fee may be payable.

Eligibility Criteria

Frontage and walkway consent may have to be obtained first.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

Public notice of the application must be given detailing the proposal and deadline for representations.

All representations received must be considered.

Any other relevant authorities must be consulted.

Consents must not be unreasonably withheld.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it.

Swale Borough Council, Legal Services 01795 417365, Email legal@swale.gov.uk .

Apply online

Apply for a licence to place tables and chairs in the road (you will need to select the 'Apply for Licences' option).

Tell us about a change to your existing licence to place tables and chairs in the road (you will need to select the 'Apply for Licences' option).

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance:

Swale Borough Council, Legal Services 01795 417365, Email legal@swale.gov.uk .

An appointed arbitrator will determine if consent has been unreasonably withheld.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance:

Swale Borough Council, Legal Services 01795 417365, Email legal@swale.gov.uk .

An appointed arbitrator will adjudicate if there is disagreement as to conditions attached.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade Associations

None

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