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Street café licence

If you want to place tables and chairs outside your premises on a public pavement, you will need to apply for a street café licence.

This is a requirement under section 115E of the 1980 Highways Act and is designed to ensure cafés operate safely and attractively without interfering with other legitimate uses of the street.

Operating a street café without permission is unlawful.

Planning permission may be required for the use or for any ancillary works and this must be clarified with the local planning authority for the area. Contact your planning authority if in doubt about whether permission is required.

Public liability insurance of £5 million is required.

Frequently asked questions

What are the conditions for placing tables and chairs outside premises? 

Our standard conditions can be found by using the link to the application information in the related documents section on this page.

How much does a street cafe licence cost? 

The initial street café licence will cost £300 for up to six seats with an additional £50 per seat per primary application and a renewal fee of 50 per cent of the primary licence fee. These fees are non-returnable.

How long does a licence last for? 

A licence will last 12 months from the date agreed between the council and licensee. A licence can be renewed for a further 12 months by submitting a renewal application.

How long does it take to process a street cafe licence? 

Eight weeks are required to process a licence from receipt of a valid application.

How can I check if a premises has a valid licence? 

You can check if a business has a valid street café licence by contacting Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

How can I make a complaint regarding a street café? 

Any complaints about the location or safety of a street café should be promptly reported to Call Derbyshire 01629 533190.