Pavement licences have been introduced across the Epping Forest district to allow the use of outdoor space for food and drink services.
The move is aimed at helping local pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes bounce back from COVID-19 while maintaining social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus in the district.
Al fresco dining
A pavement licence gives permission for the use of tables and chairs outside a business to allow customers to enjoy al fresco dining.
Helping our hospitality businesses
Leader of Council Councillor Chris Whitbread said:
This is yet another step towards helping our hospitality businesses get back on their feet, while maintaining social distancing to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our district.
Use the space
This new process allows licences to be issued quickly and cheaply to ensure anyone who wants to use the space outside their business premises can do so without any unnecessary delays.
The cost of pavement licences will be capped at £100 and in some cases may be free of charge. These are temporary measures until 30 September 2021.
Applications must be made online and will be determined within 14 days.
All applications must be accompanied by:
- A photograph of the premises clearly showing the area of the pavement you intend to use
- A copy of your public liability insurance certificate
- A dimensioned plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, where you intend to place the pavement furniture, including clearly defined distances between tables
- Details of furniture to be used, including umbrellas, heaters, barriers and planters (eg photographs / website image / brochure)
How to apply
Visit our information on pavement licences page and read our pavement licence policy, licence conditions and responsibilities and find out how to apply online.
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