Information about the older-type Part VII Highways Act pavement café licence

Following a change in the law on 31 March 2024, it is unfortunately no longer possible for food and drink businesses to apply for this older type of licence for the purposes of placing removable furniture on the highway.

If you have a current Part VII Highways Act licence, you may continue to use your licence as per its terms and conditions until its expiry date, after which time, you will unfortunately no longer be able to renew this older type of licence.

To continue to use removable furniture on the Highway after your Part VII Highways Act licence expires, you will need to make a fresh application for the newer type of pavement licence at least 28 days before the expiry date of your current licence.

If you have any questions about either type of pavement licence, email

Page last updated: 4 April 2024

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