Tables and chairs

If you want to place tables and chairs outside your business on a public street you must apply for a licence from us.

Apply for a new licence

When you apply you must include details and the exact location of where tables and chairs are to be sited on a scale drawing that indicates the dimensions of tables and chairs, width of pavement and proximity to the kerb.

You have to send us a photo or illustration type of tables and chairs proposed to use.

All applicants must also have public liability insurance for the sum of £5 million or above.

The application form can be downloaded from 'Useful documents' below and sent to the Trading on our streets team.


There is a management fee of £428 for the application.

Other fees are dependent on the size of your business, number of tables and chairs and the banding of the street you're applying to put furniture on:

Small Business 1 – 4 Seats only

  • Band A: £77 per seat
  • Band B: £52 per seat
  • Band C: £31.50 per seat

Medium Business 1 – 12 Seats

  • Band A: £79 per seat
  • Band B: £53 per seat
  • Band C: £32 per seat

Medium/ Large Business 13 Seats up

  • Band A: £59 per seat
  • Band B: £38 per seat
  • Band C: £27 per seat

After you apply

Once we have received your application, we will arrange for a site visit so that we can assess the footway, advise you on what street furniture is appropriate for the area, and guide you through the rest of the process.

We are obliged by legislation to consult interested parties and give members of the public and other council officers the opportunity to comment on your licence application.

The process normally takes eight weeks to complete and you cannot place tables and chairs on a highway until a licence has been issued. 

Licence renewals and changes 

The licence needs renewing each year and you can use the application form below to do this. 

You can also use the same application form to make changes to a current licence. There is a £160 charge if you are a current licence holder and are changing the number of chairs and tables you have on a public pathway.

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