On Friday 22nd July 2022, the Government announced that the temporary pavement licence provisions allowing pubs, cafes, bars, and restaurants to provide furniture on pavements and pedestrianised roads adjacent to their premises for a capped fee of £100 would be extended by a further year until 30th September 2023.
The fast-track application process was due to come to a close at the end of September 2022 but has been extended by an additional year whilst further permanent legislation is being prepared. The changes are expected to become permanent in Spring next year when the Government will introduce additional legislation through the Levelling up and Regeneration Bill.
Firstplan will continue to monitor this on behalf of our clients, but in the meantime this extension will ensure businesses can continue to operate under temporary provisions until permanent changes become law next year. This will no doubt come as welcome news to many operators as it reduces the time and cost associated with the provision of outdoor dining and drinking at their premises.