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Apply for a temporary pavement licence

Temporary Pavement Licences allow businesses to place removable tables and chairs on the pavement outside their premises. They are a temporary alternative to a Part VII Highways Act Pavement Café Licence, and they will usually last from the day they are granted until 30 September 2022.

  • After submitting your application, details from the form will be published on our website and the public and professional bodies (such as key council departments, Councillors and the Emergency Services) will have 7 days to make representations regarding your application.
  • After this consultation period, the council will then have a further 7 days to determine whether or not to grant the licence. If a decision is not made in time, the licence will be automatically granted subject to the standard conditions.
  • Please note that the £100 application fee is not refundable if the application is refused, or if the licence is subsequently surrendered or revoked.
  • If you wish your licensed area to be used for the consumption of food/drink and also for smoking, you must include a non-smoking area in your plans.

Detailed information about the process including the standard conditions can be found in the policy document.

Events in 2021 and 2022

Birmingham is fortunate in expecting to host a number of special events between now and September 2022 including the Christmas Markets and the Commonwealth Games. The Games in particular will involve a large number of sports and cultural activities taking place in venues and roads across the region and across the year.

All Pavement Licences (TPLs and Highways Act) have a condition requiring businesses to cease operating their licensed area for works and special events, please be mindful of this when considering making an application.

Make an application

You will need a BRUM account to complete your application. If you don't have an account, please register.

Use the map below to start your application. The map will default to a 2 mile radius from Birmingham city centre, and you can:

  • search by entering a post code or road name in the search button (include the property number if known)
  • use the "find my location" circle underneath the zoom tabs to use your current location when making a report
  • use the "plot new enquiry" tab and zoom in to choose the location manually

When you have marked the location (in the part of the pavement you wish to licence) on the map, use the "submit new enquiry" tab to begin completing your application.

NB The map may not be displayed if you are using an older version internet browser (such as Internet Explorer 10 or earlier).

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