Pavement cafe licence

Newport City Council supports and encourages the provision of pavement cafes in the city as they can help to maximise the use of public spaces, aid the local economy and add to the facilities offered to people who visit, live, and work in Newport.

Pavement cafes must be properly located and managed to ensure that they meet the standards expected in Newport and that they do not create a hazard for pedestrians.

Permissions to use the public highway for pavement cafes are granted by the issue of licences by the council under Section 115E of the Highways Act 1980. 

Return the completed application form with the required documents and fees by post to:

Licensing Services, Newport City Council, PO Box 883, Civic Centre, Newport NP20 4UR

Or in person to the Information Station.

When a valid application is received we are required to advertise applications for pavement café licences for not less than 28 days by posting notices in the area of the proposed pavement café, under the terms of the Highways Act 1980.

If no objections are raised, the licence will be granted within five working days.

If an objection is raised, the delegated service manager will be required to determine the application within 20 working days. 

Tables and chairs placed on the highway without permission can form an illegal obstruction and we will take necessary enforcement action.