Licensing - Highways Act 1980 - Tables and Chairs

If you want to put tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement, you will need a licence.

To apply for a licence, you need to:

  • complete the application form (pdf)
  • send the application form to the Licensing Team
  • read the licence conditions (pdf)
  • provide a copy of public liability insurance cover
  • provide a plan showing the area where you want to place the tables and chairs.
  • provide details of the furniture you want to use
  • pay the £175 fee (plus £20 per table and £14 per chair)

To renew a licence, you need to:

  • complete the application form (pdf)
  • send the application form to the Licensing Team
  • pay the renewal fee (£19.50 per table and £13.50 per chair)

Once we receive your application, we will:

  • acknowledge it within five working days
  • consult other relevant authorities, such as Essex Police
  • allow people to make representations

If we receive any representations, we will consider them and make a decision on whether to grant the licence.

If we do not receive any representations, we will grant the licence.

If we grant your licence, it will be valid for a maximum of a year.