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Licence for tables on pavement

At certain locations, where space permits, we can issue a licence under the Highways Act 1980 that allows cafés, restaurants and public houses to have tables and chairs on pavements.

Apply for a licence for tables and chairs on pavements. 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 and any other relevant authorities must be consulted. Consent must not be unreasonably withheld.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.

Failed application redress

Phone 01634 33 33 33 in the first instance. An appointed arbitrator will determine if consent has been unreasonably withheld.

Licence holder redress

Phone 01634 33 33 33 in the first instance.  An appointed arbitrator will adjudicate if there is disagreement as to conditions attached.

Consumer complaint

If you are a customer of a café, restaurant or public house that has tables and chairs on pavements, you should first contact the proprietor of the establishment, preferably in writing, with proof of your complaint. If that does not work and if you are located in the UK, CAB Adviceguide will give you advice. From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

If there are problems such as noise or pollution or if one licence holder complains about another. Phone 01634 33 33 33 in the first instance.

Medway Council is currently reviewing the tables and chairs licensing system, so some aspects may change in the future. Any changes will be notified to current licence holders.

Medway Council does not allow the display of advertisements on the public highway, even if the property has a tables and chairs licence.

Shops can apply to have a display of goods on the highway.