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Pavement licences

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected businesses across the economy causing many to cease trading for several months while others have had to significantly modify their operations. 

The Business and Planning Act 2020 introduces a new ‘Pavement Licence’ enabling businesses to place tables and chairs outside their premises to serve food and drinks.

An application will have to be made to Eastbourne Borough or Lewes District Council to obtain a licence.

This can only be made online. We cannot accept postal applications.

This is a speedy process, taking no more than 15 days from the time of a correct application to a final decision. The licence lasts for 1 year.

The applicant is required to post a notice at the site advertising the application. Full details of how to do this are contained in the Procedure document. 

Currently, tables and chairs permissions are granted by East Sussex County Council, the Highways Authority, under Part 7A of the Highways Act 1980.

This new Licence is different to the current tables and chairs regime, but it does not replace it. You do not have to apply for a Pavement Licence if you are the holder of a current tables and chairs permission from East Sussex County Council.  


The Council is not charging a fee for this licence.

Before you apply

Please take time to read the Pavement Licence Procedure document.

Apply for a pavement licence

You can only make the application electronically.

Help and advice are contained in the Pavement Licence Procedure document.

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