St Albans City and District Council have taken over the responsibility of licensing tables and chairs on the highway, (pavement licensing), from the County Council’s Hertfordshire Highways.

Cafe 2The two authorities have jointly drawn up a policy which provides a consistent approach to the issuing of licences which will allow furniture such as tables and chairs to be placed upon pavements.

Having adopted the policy, the District Council’s licensing team have application forms and guidance notes which can be downloaded below or obtained by e-mailing licensing@stalbans.gov.uk or ringing 01727 819542.

Premises that place tables and chairs on pavements within the district, are invited to apply for pavement licences.

Notes:

  • The licensing of tables and chairs on the highway falls under the Highways Act 1980 Section 115E.

  • At the moment A boards are still the responsibility of Herts Highways.

Consultation on our draft Pavement Licensing Policy for licensing areas outside your premises as an outside seating area

We are now consulting on our revised Pavement Licensing Policy for licensing areas outside your premises as an outside seating area.  This consultation will run until the 5th January 2017.
This page explains how to access the draft revised policy and how to comment on the proposed changes.
Pavement Licensing Policy for licensing areas outside your premises as an outside seating area
We regulate the use of outside areas under the Highways Act 1980.  Our policy sets out how we will consider applications for permission to put tables and chairs on the highway outside your premises and operate this area as part of your business.
We do not plan to make any significant changes this time.
A summary of what we have changed is below;
• We have amended the paragraph under Size and Layout
• We have amended the paragraph under Crime & Disorder
• We have amended the paragraph under Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
• Consultee details require updating.
• We have amended the public liability to £5million to bring this in line with neighbouring and other local authority policies.
• We have added the Fraud Initiative Statement.
Consultation
Please send your comments on the draft policy to licensing@stalbans.gov.uk
Or by post to
Karen Hollands
Business Compliance Officer
Regulatory Services
St Albans City & District Council
Civic Centre
St Peters Street
St Albans
AL1 3JE
to arrive no later than 5th January 2017
 
If you require a paper copy of the existing or draft Policy, please contact Karen Hollands Business Compliance Officer on 01727 819 542

Date of last review: 10 October 2016