Tables and chairs on the public highway licence

If you are a business such as a pub, restaurant, wine bar or café you may need permission to have chairs and tables outside your premises for use by your customers.

What is tables and chairs licence?

Where the pavement concerned is part of the public highway a highway licence will need to be obtained. This is to ensure that adequate space is available for the safe and free movement of all highway users and that consideration is given to the location of the amenity in terms of possible noise disturbance for local residents and nearby shops and offices.

Please not that this process usually takes approximately six weeks to go through as someone from Essex County Council Highways will need to visit the site to consider if they will give consent that they are happy for the permit to be granted.
 

Tables and chairs on the highway Policy

All applicants are strongly advised to read the council's Icon for word Tables and Chairs on the Highway - Policy [35.5KB].
 

Application forms

Application for a tables and chairs licence
Icon for pdf Application to place tables and chairs on the public highway [55KB]
Icon for word Guidance Notes for Tables and Chairs on the Public Highway [31.5KB]
Icon for word Tables and Chairs on the Highway - Terms and Conditions [33KB]


Fees

The fee per annum is £125 and requires completion of an application form and copy of a scale plan. Upon approval of the application a notice will be sent to you for display on the premises for 28 days.
 

Find out more about tables and chairs on the public highway licence

Further information is available on our Tables and chairs on the public highway licence frequently asked questions  page.