The Business and Planning Act 2020 includes temporary measures to support businesses selling food and drink through economic recovery as lockdown restrictions are lifted but social distancing guidelines remain in place.
While cafes, pubs and restaurants are permitted to open, current social distancing guidelines will have considerable impact on the capacity to accommodate customers. The measures in the Act are designed to support businesses selling food and drink for consumption on or off the premises such as cafes, pubs and restaurants by introducing a temporary fast-track process for these businesses to obtain permission, in the form of a pavement licence which permits removable furniture to be temporarily placed on the highway adjacent to the premises. "Furniture" includes serving food or drink, tables and chairs and articles such as umbrellas, barriers and heaters.
This furniture is required to be removable, which in principle means it is not a permanent fixed structure, and is able to be moved easily, and stored away of an evening.
Basildon Council also expects the type of furniture to be 'in keeping' with the local area, particularly in relation to any conservation area.
This is a streamlined process to support businesses that will be available until 30 September 2021.
You can apply for a licence if you:
To submit an application please complete the online form:
Before submitting an application please read all the licence conditions and application guidelines. See...
You must include the following documents with your application: (photocopies and scanned copies will be accepted. If you send us any original documents these will be returned to you).
Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a public notice to display at your premises for 7 days. You will be asked to provide photographic evidence that the notice has been displayed.
We will send a copy of your application to the Essex County Council Highways Department, Essex Police, Planning, Environmental Health and any other party we consider is appropriate.
After 7 days we will then use any feedback we receive to consider your application and notify you of our final decision within the following 7 days.
Basildon Council may grant or reject your application. We may also grant your application but make changes or add conditions to the permitted purposes or area to be used. We will issue granted licences electronically and these will be subject to the council's standard conditions.
You do not have a statutory right of appeal against a decision of the council under this act. You can challenge the decision through a legal route in the courts which is called a judicial review. The council also operates a compliments, feedback and complaints policy.
Enquiries please to The Licensing Authority. See contact details below...