A pavement licence is a licence granted by the local authority, that allows the licence holder to place removable furniture over certain highways adjacent to the premises in relation to which the application was made, for certain purposes.
The Government has introduced changes to the current legislation in relation to pavement licences, under the Business and Planning Act 2020.
This is a streamlined process to allow businesses to secure these licences quickly and, where they are deemed to have been granted, allow these licences to remain in place for a year but not beyond 30 September 2022. Where a pavement licence is granted, clear access routes on the highway will need to be maintained, taking into account the needs of all users, including disabled people.
Licences can only be granted in respect of highways listed in section 115A(1) Highways Act 1980. Generally, these are footpaths restricted to pedestrians or are roads and places to which vehicle access is restricted or prohibited. Highways maintained by Network Rail or over Crown land are exempt (so a licence cannot be granted).