Apply for a Pavement Licence

The Business and Planning Act 2020 has passed the responsibility for issuing Pavement Licences to Thanet District Council on a temporary basis until March 2025.

Your licence will only be issued for a year from the date the application is approved.

If you wish to place tables and chairs on the pavement you will need to apply for a Pavement Licence, unless the land is private then you will need to gain the permission of the landowner/landlord.  If the land is TDC owned ie parks, promenades, harbour etc then you will need to contact our Estates department for permission, do not apply for a pavement licence.

Apply here for a pavement licence

If you do not currently have a licence from KCC or ourselves then any tables and chairs should be removed until your application is approved.

As part of the application, you are required to complete and display a site notice advertising your application.  You should display the notice on your premise from the day after you submit your completed application, including payment of the fee, and for the next seven days.

During this period we will also consult with various departments and bodies, including the police, KCC Highways etc.  Once the 7 days are up we then have 7 days to approve or reject the application.  There is no statutory appeal process against a decision to refuse an application, however Thanet will have an internal review system via our Licensing Sub-Committee.

Apply for or renew a pavement licence

Before making your application please ensure you have read the following:

  • Government guidance on pavement licences
  • Pavement Licence Conditions  – your application MUST comply with these conditions. These are local, KCC and national conditions.
  • Application Guidance Notes  – this details which documents you need to submit when completing your application.  These documents MUST be uploaded when you fill in your application online so please make sure you have them all ready to attach, the application cannot be completed without these documents.

The licence fee is £100 which must be paid online. This fee is non refundable.  If you wish to have the application in another format ie Word please contact licensing@thanet.gov.uk

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