Al fresco dining is here to tell

1. Extended pavement licenses from September

The government extended expedited pavement licensesfirst introduced during the pandemic, to help businesses boost commerce by allowing customers to dine out.

Terrace licenses apply to businesses in England only.

These legislative changes will become permanent in the spring, according to the Department of Upgrading, Housing and Communities announcement on July 22.

Secretary of State for Leveling, Housing and Communities Greg Clark said: ‘We want to see vibrant town centers across the country and that’s why the changes we’ve made to the rules for granting licenses will become permanent.”

Meanwhile, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: ‘Any help the struggling hospitality sector is receiving at this time is gratefully received, and making pavement licenses permanent is hugely positive, offering potential savings opportunities at hundreds of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Current licenses will not renew automatically

Businesses with an approved pavement permit on or before July 22 will need to reapply if they wish to continue using tables and chairs on the highway after September 30, 2022.

License fees vary depending on the local authority, but it is designed to be a fast track process with a reduced rate capped at £100.

Free outdoor dining licenses in the City of London

To give London an extra boost, all hotel businesses in the city will receive free pavement licenses until the end of September next year.

It comes as the City of London Corporation unveiled its ‘destination city‘ plans to reinvent the Square Mile and accelerate its recovery from the pandemic.

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