The council is committed, to supporting Hounslow’s businesses recover from the restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new Fast Track Pavement Licence has now been introduced, which will cost £100 and be valid for 12 months. Any subsequence licences will expire in September 2021.
The fast track application can be used for a pavement licence to put removable furniture on the highway adjacent to the premises. Premises for which an application can be made include pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants or other drinking establishment, and premises for the sale of food for consumption on or off the premises.
The new rules do not apply to crown land or land owned by Network Rail.
Operators wishing to apply for a Fast Track licence can do so by completing the online eform and making payment. Please note that the granting of a pavement licence only permits the placing of furniture on the highway. Other regulatory frameworks still apply such as the need for alcohol licences and the need to comply with registration requirements for food businesses.
The furniture which may be used is:
- Counters or stalls for selling or serving food or drink
- Tables, counters or shelves on which food or drink can be placed
- Chairs, benches or other forms of seating
- Umbrellas, barriers, heaters and other articles used in connections with the outdoor consumption of food and drink
Furniture is required to be removable i.e. not a permanent fixed structure but able to be moved easily and stored away of an evening.
Before you apply, please note the following:
You will need to provide the following documents with your application:
- Detailed plan of the external areas showing dimensions, width, depth of area to be licensed and distance to the nearest street furniture and kerb
- Specify the days of the week and times that you will have the furniture on the street
- Details of your public liability insurance to cover activities on the street
- Fee of £100
- Unless all the required documents are provided as part of this application consultation will not begin. We will email you to request the relevant document(s) needed and once provided consultation will begin.
The consultation period is 5 working days beginning the day after the day the application is made and the applicant must:
- On the day the application is made affix a notice in the front window of the premises so it is readily visible and can be read by the public.
- Ensure the notice remains up until the end of the consultation.
The Council will provide the notice to you following receipt of your application. We recommend that you take a dated stamped photo of the notice at the start and at the end of your consultation period.
We will process your licence in 7 working days from the day after the application is made (excluding public holidays). This consists of 5 working days for public consultation and 2 working days to consider and determine the application after the consultation.
If you have not heard from Hounslow Council within 10 working days the application will be deemed to have been granted for 12 months.
Before determining an application, the Local Authority will:
- Consider any representations made
- Consult the Highways Authority
- Consult other such persons as the Local Authority considers appropriate.
The Local Authority may grant or reject the application. If granted it can be for any or all of the purposes applied for and for some or all of the space applied for.
Things to Consider When Applying
1. The first and most important consideration is whether you have adequate outside space to use.
The Local Authority has an obligation to meet the requirements of Social Distancing and Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA 2005). This means that where your business is occupying pavement space, there must be a minimum of 1.5m unobstructed space between the outer edge of your tables and chairs space and the edge of the pavement or to the edge of another obstruction. This should be 2m on areas of high footfall but each case will be considered on its merits.
2. Inside the area where you place your objects (i.e. tables and chairs), you will be required to maintain suitable social distancing measures in line with current government guidance. You should ensure any queue or the serving of customers do not impact the adjacent pavement space.
3. You need to be mindful of any other businesses in the close vicinity of yours that are, or might, use public realm space during their trading hours. In these circumstances, there will need to be clear separation between your business and other businesses in line with current government guidance.
4. You also need to consider how other more general social distancing measures can be supported, such as queuing outside your business.
Consideration points for the management of social distancing in the public realm when queuing to enter business include:
- Other queues to other business
- Other general queues for cash machines, places where people are waiting for others, bus stops etc.
- Available space for footpaths and roads
5. The responsibility to carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance remains with individual businesses to ensure they can trade safely and comply with the government's safe working and social distancing guidelines.
To apply online please use our form below
If you would like further information or advice: