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Pavement licences

The Business and Planning Act 2020 came into effect on 22 July 2020 and contains provisions relating to Pavement Licences aimed at streamlining the route for eligible businesses such as cafés, restaurants and coffee shops etc to apply for licences to place furniture on the highway.

Licences can only be granted in respect of highways listed in section 115A(1) Highways Act 1980. Generally, these are footpaths restricted to pedestrians or are roads and places to which vehicle access is restricted or prohibited.

Full guidance is available here at GOV.UK  

Before you apply

Please read through the guidance notes, which can be found at the end of the application form, before completing.


The fee is £100. 

The application must be submitted via email to and cannot be accepted via post or hand delivered. 

The fee must be paid via our website the same date as submitting the application. Please note the fee is non-refundable should your application be refused. 

The site notice must be completed and displayed by you on the day the application is submitted via email.

Pay for a licence 

You can pay for your licence online here:

Pay for a pavement licence 

Pending pavement licence applications 


Address of Premises

Details of Application 

Last date for


Costa Limited

Costa Coffee, 33 Midland Road, Bedford, MK40 1PW

Pavement License application for 5 tables, 10 chairs, and 4 barriers. To seat 10 persons. For use Monday – Saturday 07:00 – 18:00, Sunday 09:00 to 17:00


Friendly Nettle Ltd

Friendly Nettle Café, 15B Beauvais Square, Shortstown, MK42 0GE

 Pavement Licence application for 4 tables, 8 chairs, and 4 barriers. To seat 8 persons. For use Monday – Sunday 08:00 – 18:00


Frescoes Ltd

Frescoes, 20 Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3HD

Pavement Licence application for 6 tables, 16 chairs, 6 canvas poles, 6 canvasses. To seat 16 persons. For use Monday – Saturday 08:30 – 23:00, Sunday 10:00 – 22:00


Rachel Atkinson

Café at Number 13, 23 St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SL

 Pavement Licence application 3 tables, 6 chairs, 2 barriers and 3 umbrellas. To seat 6 persons. For use Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 16:30 

28 April 2021

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