To place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement in England and Wales you require a licence from your local authority.
Conditions may be attached and a fee may be payable.
Where to find help
You can apply online for a permit to place tables and chairs on the pavement on the Gov.UK website.
Frontage and walkway consent may have to be obtained first.
Application evaluation process
Public notice of the application must be given detailing the proposal and deadline for representations.
- All representations received must be considered.
- Any other relevant authorities must be consulted.
- Consents must not be unreasonably withheld.
You can expect us to let you know our decision on your application within 30 days of receipt.
Failed application redress
Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance. An appointed arbitrator will determine if consent has been unreasonably withheld.
Licence holder redress
Please contact Cheshire West and Chester Council in the first instance. An appointed arbitrator will adjudicate if there is disagreement as to conditions attached.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, further information about making a complaint can be found on the Information for Consumers page of this website.