The Business & Planning Act 2020 delegates the issue of Temporary Pavement Licences to the local authority.
Who can apply?
To apply for this licence, you must:
- Be the operator of a pub, bar, restaurant or cafe.
- Have premises located in the Doncaster Borough but not in the area of Doncaster Town Centre which is covered by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) - please see the next heading.
- Make sure that there is enough room for your customers and staff to maintain social distancing.
- Make sure that there is enough room for pedestrians, prams and wheelchairs to get past whilst maintaining social distancing.
A full list of conditions can be found in the attached document 'Temporary Pavement Licence Conditions'
What if my premises are located in Doncaster town centre?
If you are based in Doncaster town centre, due to the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) you are not eligible to be granted a Temporary Pavement Licence under the Business & Planning Act. However, you can still apply for an Alfresco licence under the Highways Act - please click below:
What can the area be used for?
You can use the area to set up an outside seating area for your customers to consume food and/or drink purchased from your premises.
How much does this licence cost?
There is normally a charge of £100.00 for the application, however to support local businesses Doncaster Council has, for a limited time, chosen to waive the application fee.
What else do I need?
You will need to provide a plan which clearly shows the area you are intending to use and provide evidence of Public Liability insurance which covers the proposed area.
Please note that this licence only gives permission to place tables, chairs and related infrastructure on the public highway. This licence does not exclude the applicant from other regulatory responsibilities, for example you would need a Premises licence if you wanted to sell alcohol.
Please refer to the application form guidance for further information.
How do I apply?
Firstly, you should thoroughly read the government guidance:
and the Temporary Pavement Licence Conditions document. If you feel it is appropriate to apply, complete the attached Application Form and send it along with your plans and evidence of insurance to email@example.com using the subject line 'TEMPORARY PAVEMENT LICENCE'.
What else do I need to do?
After submitting a complete application, you must, on the same day, clearly display a notice at the premises, viewable from the highway, stating that you have applied for this licence and informing people how they can make representations. The notice must be displayed for 7 days beginning on the day after you submit a complete application (including plans, insurance and payment).
A template notice is attached titled 'Pavement Public Notice Template'
What other information do the local authority require?
We will only accept applications which have been submitted with all the required documents and made using the attached application BY EMAIL.
An application is only considered to be complete when the local authority has received the following:
- a completed application form
- a plan showing the location of the premises shown by a red line, so the application site can be clearly identified
- a plan clearly showing the proposed area covered by the licence in relation to the highway, if not to scale, with measurements clearly shown
- photos or brochures showing the proposed type of furniture and information on potential siting of it within the area applied
- you will also be required to provide by email, within one working day, a photograph showing the public notice on display in the window of your premises
What will the Council do with my application?
Doncaster Council will publish your application and supporting documents on its website for 7 days, starting the day after the complete application is submitted, to allow anyone to make a representation.
We will also consult with relevant bodies including South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council – Highways Department.
Any representations received during the consultation period will be considered when determining your application.
How do you determine applications?
Each application is determined on its own merits after consideration of any representations received.
When will I find out if the licence has been granted?
Doncaster Council has 14 days from the day after the complete application is submitted to consult on and determine the application. If granted, a licence will be sent to you by post.
If my application is refused, can I appeal?
There is no appeal process associated with this licence type.
Copies of current applications can be found at www.doncaster.gov.uk/publicnotice