Licence for outside tables and chairs extended

Businesses that are due to renew their licence for outside tables and chairs will have their licence extended until the end of August by Kent Highways.

This goodwill gesture comes as the government switches the responsibility for street furniture licensing from Kent County Council to district and borough councils.

Those who need to renew in July and early August will be given this free extension.

Cllr Michael Payne

Kent Highways previously announced that it had waived the licensing fee until the end of July in a drive to support high street recovery.

Businesses will still need to apply and ensure they abide by the rules to keep people safe and licences can be revoked if they are found to breached.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “It makes sense that the Government has decided the licencing of street furniture should be undertaken by the same local authorities that are responsible for licencing the premises themselves.

“However, Kent Highways wish to ensure that existing customers can continue to trade until they can obtain a new pavement licence.

“We have been advised that all new licenses need to be directed to the district and borough councils, but until the legislation has been formally agreed, we are hoping this amendment will help businesses during the transition.

“Our district and borough councils should be up and running quickly and Kent Highways are keen to ensure continuity of service.”

Licence for outside tables and chairs extended was last modified: July 3rd, 2020 by Thom Morris