Pavement Licensing (Table/Chairs)

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To place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement in England and Wales you require permission from your Local Authority.

What information/evidence will I need to provide?

  • A plan showing the location of the premises shown by a red line, so the application site can be clearly identified
  • A plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown;
  • Public liability insurance
  • Contact details of the applicant;
  • Photos or brochures showing the proposed type of furniture and information on potential siting of it within the area applied;
  • Evidence that the applicant has met the requirement to give notice of the application (for example photograph);
  • (if applicable) reference of existing pavement licence currently under consideration by the local authority; and
  • any other evidence needed to demonstrate how any local and national conditions will be satisfied.

What are the conditions and cost of the licence?

Ipswich Borough Council has adopted standard conditions which you can download. These conditions may be subject to alteration or addition, if necessary, for individual applications.

Your application must be advertised at the location for a duration of 14 days (excluding public holidays), starting on the first working day following receipt of the application. Consultation will also take place with other interested parties e.g. Responsible Authorities. If we receive representations these will be taken into consideration in determining your application.

Condition relating to clear routes of access:

It is a condition that clear routes of access along the highway must be maintained, taking into account the needs of disabled people, and the recommended minimum footway widths and distances required for access by mobility impaired and visually impaired people is 2000mm from the edge of the furniture to the edge of the footway.  Although in some cases a width of 1500 mm may be considered.

There is a fee (per table) of £33 up to a fee of £100 for more than 3 tables. A maximum of 4 chairs can be placed at each table.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

No. You are not able to act as though your application has been granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 28 days, you may consider the licence granted.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete an online application and send supporting documents to You will also need to pay the fee.

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Contact Details

Licensing and Enforcement,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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