Pavement cafe licensing policy

Consultation 21 December 2016 - 28 February 2017

This consultation is now closed

Newport City Council consulted on a revised Pavement Café  Licensing Policy and welcomed the views of the public and local businesses.

Download the draft revised Pavement Cafe Licensing policy (pdf)

The revised policy includes a proposed reduction in the current annual licensing fees. 


Eating and drinking outside is becoming more popular and tables and chairs on the pavement can add vitality, colour, life and interest to an area.

The council supports and encourages the provision of pavement cafes in Newport as they can make good use of public space, help the local economy and add to the facilities offered to people who visit, live and work in Newport.

The policy will help late-night venues to provide clean and controlled outdoor smoking areas for customers. 

It is illegal to place tables and chairs on the highway without permission although permission may be granted by the council under Section 115E of the Highways Act 1980. 

While the council encourages pavement cafes, they must be properly located and managed and meet the standards expected.

They must not obstruct the highway or create a hazard for pedestrians, especially for blind, partially sighted and other disabled people.