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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
Licence holder redress
Phone 01634 33 33 33 in the first instance. An
appointed arbitrator will adjudicate if there is disagreement as to
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.
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.