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 Representations

Costa Limited TA Costa Coffee

20 Silver Street Road, Bedford, MK40 1PW

Pavement Licence application for 5 tables, 13 chairs, 3 barriers. To seat 13 persons  

For use Monday – Saturday 07:00 – 18:30, Saturday 08:30 – 17:30

20 September 2023

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

Pavement Licence application for 11 tables, 22 chairs, 5 barriers. To seat 22 persons

For use Monday – Saturday 07:00 – 18:00, Saturday 09:00 – 17:00

20 September 2023
Pure Peach Ltd The Embankment Hotel, 6 The Embankment, Bedford, MK40 3PD

Pavement Licence application for 4 tables, 16 chairs, 5 barriers with 6 metal poles. To seat 16

For use Monday – Friday 06:30 – 21:00, Saturday to Sunday 07:00 – 21:00

2 October 2023.

GDPR and privacy statements

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