During the Covid-19 pandemic the government relaxed the planning and licensing laws to help the hospitality industry recover from the coronavirus lockdown by removing short term obstacles that could get in their way.

The Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced a temporary fast-track process for these businesses to obtain permission, in the form of a “pavement licence”, from Bromley Council for the placement of furniture such as tables and chairs on the pavement outside their premises.

Whilst these provisions were only intended to last for 12 months, the government has extended these rules each year since their implementation. These provisions have been extended again until 30 September 2024.

For further information, and to see the list of conditions, please read our Pavement Licensing Policy, this can be requested by email – licensing@bromley.gov.uk  

This policy will be reviewed from time to time should changes occur in relevant legislation, the nature of pavement café’s generally or as a result of local considerations within the borough.

If you wish to place tables and chairs on the public highway outside of your premises, you will need a pavement licence issued under these provisions.

A Pavement Licence allows the provision of tables and chairs for outdoor dining for food businesses only. Information on the licence required for other types of Street Trading can be found here: Street trading licence (bromley.gov.uk)

Pavement Licences are issued at Bromley Council's discretion, and we will refuse applications where there is not enough space on the pavement for your tables and chairs without causing disruption, obstruction, or inconvenience to other street users.

Tables and chairs on private forecourts do not require a street trading licence but the private forecourt must be associated with the main business. 


The cost of a pavement licence is £100 and it will be granted until 30th September 2024.

The Pavement Licence will be issued subject to the conditions shown in the current Pavement Licensing Policy. Additionally, it will be subject to any mandatory conditions set by the Secretary of State in respect of pavement licences issued under these provisions.

Applications and payments for Pavement Licences will only be accepted online (via the link below), and all communication will be undertaken electronically.

We also require these documents to be submitted before we can process the application:

Documents required:

Plan – (see details below)

Public Liability Insurance (minimum of £5 million).

Photos / images of furniture

Plan criteria:

A plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown.

The plan must show the positions and number of the proposed tables and chairs, together with any other items that they wish to place on the highway.

The plan shall include clear measurements of, for example, pathway width/length, building width and any other fixed item in the proposed area.


Apply/renew and pay for a pavement licence



Address: Public Protection, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH

Telephone: 0208 313 4218