Pavement cafe licence
The provision of pavement cafes in the Borough makes a positive contribution to the street scene adding vitality, colour, life and interest to the street. Pavement cafes can help maximise the use of public spaces, aid the local economy and add to the facilities offered to people that live, work and visit Calderdale.
The licensing of pavement cafes provides the Council with the opportunity to manage pavement cafes to ensure that they do not cause obstruction to pedestrians and do not detract from the surrounding environment.
Pavement cafe licence application
A pavement cafe licence is required where any business wishes to put tables and chairs on the public highway (i.e. pavement). This allows the Council to manage pavement cafes to ensure that they do not cause obstruction to pedestrians and do not detract from the surrounding environment.
You will need to complete the pavement cafe licence application form and then submit the form to the Licensing Unit together with the documents listed at the end of the application form and the licence fee.
Please read the Guidance Notes before you apply: Pavement Cafe Licence Guidance Notes [PDF file 137KB]|
You can apply and pay for this licence online via UK Welcomes, part of the EUGO network.
Payment can be made by debit or credit card.
For current licence fees see Discretionary fees.
What happens next
The Council will consult with the Police and the Council's Environmental Health Department in respect of your application together with the Council's Highways Department.
You will be advised if the Council's Highways Department require any modifications to the proposed layout of your pavement cafe licence application before it can be approved.
If the Council's Highways Department approve your application then you will be sent notices to display on your premises which advertise that you have applied for a premises licence.
These notices must be displayed on on your premises for 28 days.
Your licence will be granted after the 28 day period and within two months of your application being received, providing that there have been no objections to your licence application.
If there are objections to your licence application from members of the public, interested groups or local businesses then your application for a pavement cafe licence will be considered at a hearing of the Council's Licensing and Regulatory Committee.
The Licensing Unit will advise you, after consultation with the Council's Highways Department whether your application is approved