Pavement Licence

As part of the Governments easing of the lockdown restrictions, we have been granted permission to grant “Pavement Licences” for premises across the borough.
This new process introduces a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to secure a license to place furniture on the highway. This will support them to operate safely while social distancing measures remain in place.

Conditions for a licence in Bolton

  • The Pavement Licence does not extend beyond 11pm
  • The applicant is responsible for notifying/consulting with neighbouring premises and placing legal notices on site for a minimum of 5 working days (see below)
  • The Pavement Licence does not permit areas of the carriageway (road) to be used unless the highway has been closed to traffic by other means
  • The Pavement Licence will be granted for maximum of 3 months and extended subject to review
  • There is no fee for applications
  • License holder and management to complete the free ACT E-learning within 10 days of granted Pavement License and all other staff to complete the training within 3 months, unless they can demonstrate they have successfully completed the ACT E-learning within the preceding 12 months -
    Certificates of the training must be retained for the duration of the Pavement Licence and be available to the Council upon request
  • Ensure that any existing CCTV systems are health checked to ensure they are both compliant with all relevant legislation and work correctly

It is strongly recommended that all applicants read through the government rules, legislation and advice about these licenses and fully understand their responsibilities.

The Business and Planning Bill 2020

Draft Guidance Notes


Apply for a Pavement Licence

Current applications under consideration



Granted licences

Alisons Chippy
The Bank
The Beer School
Bolton Cafe
Cafe Nero
Carrs Pasties (Corporation St)
Casa Nostra
The Churchgate
The Courthouse
Definitely Maybe
The Glass Onion
The Greyhound
Italiano Pizza
The Kitchen
Northern Monkey
The Old Three Crowns
Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant
Robert Shaw
Sandwich Delight
Swan and Barristers
Venue Bar
Ye Olde Man & Scythe
The York


Rejected licences

Brewed Coffee Ltd
Circle Bar
Interchange Cafe
Spinning Mule (Application 3)
Spread Eagle
Ye Olde Man & Scythe


Street Cafe Licence

A licence is required if you want to place tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the pavement.  A street cafe licence application form will not be processed until the necessary planning permission is formally granted.

See street cafe guidelines for further information


Apply for a Street Café licence

Our charges and fees


Further Information

If you need any more information or advice, or help in completing your application please contact us.