Pavement cafe licence

Newport City Council supports and encourages the provision of pavement cafes - they can help to maximise the use of public spaces, help the local economy and add to the facilities on offer. 

Pavement cafes must be properly located and managed so that they meet the standards expected and 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. 

Read the Pavement Café Licensing Policy (pdf) which details the conditions that will be attached to the licence if granted.

Fees 2024/2025

Application fee = £175.50

Pavement licence fees
Number of tables and chairs Annual fee*
Capacity under 35 persons  £64.50
Capacity 36 to 95 persons  £99.50
Capacity 95 to 155 persons  £175.50
155+ persons  £216.50
If the premises wishes to simply operate a  'smoking area' or queuing area.  £58.50
Change of name on licence or duplicate licence £29

*This fee will be subject to an annual review and may increase

Apply online for a pavement cafe licence

When we receive a valid application we are required under the terms of the Highways Act 1980 to advertise applications for at least 28 days by posting notices in the area of the proposed pavement café. 

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.