The government has enacted changes to pavement café licensing. Owners need a licence to place tables and chairs outside their café, bar or restaurant on the highway. The changes aim to offer a more quicker application process for a pavement café licence.
The change is a temporary measure to support businesses selling food and drink, because social distancing guidance reduces the number of customers that can be served indoors. Use of outdoor spaces is also seen as a positive way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Licences are valid for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months (not beyond the end of 30 September 2021), under the Business and Planning Act 2020.
The council is entitled to charge a fee for the licence application, the maximum being £100. However, Burnley Council has decided to set the fee at just £25, unless the applicant is in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief, Discretionary Business Rates Relief or Mandatory (Charitable) Relief in which case it will be free of charge. Councillor Gordon Birtwistle, Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We have set the fee to help as many businesses as possible.”
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