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The return of al fresco dining: what you need to know

The return of al fresco dining: what you need to know

15th March 2021 - Published by Kuits Licensing team

The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has written a letter to all local authorities emphasising his continued support for hospitality venues as restrictions begin to ease on 12th April 2021. In his letter, he stated that he does not want to let ‘red tape’ get in the way and therefore the planning changes put in place last year are here to stay for the summer of 2021.

In this article, the Kuits Licensing team outline what these changes were and what it means for the hospitality industry.

What were the changes?

Firstly, pavement licences which were introduced last July will be extended for a further 12 months, and the fee to make these applications remains capped at £100, with a 10-working day consultation period. Local authorities are expected to grant applications for 12 months or more unless there are good reasons not to, such as future plans for a change to the road use.

Secondary legislation to extend these provisions further than 20th September 2021 will go before Parliament for its approval. Councils are being encouraged to make all the necessary changes to local high streets, squares and public realm spaces in order to facilitate outdoor dining.

Outdoor events such as summer fairs can take place without planning permission; this exemption enables pubs to temporarily erect marquees without planning permission. This provision has been extended until 31st December 2021 and the number of days allowed for such events has been increased from 28 to 56 days.

Until March 2022, markets which would have previously required planning permission can now be held without this permission.

The relaxation in relation to off sales has also been extended until March 2022.

Get in touch with a Licensing specialist today

For more advice in relation to what these changes mean and how they may affect your business, please contact  Kuits Head of Licensing Felicity Tulloch on 0161 838 7804 or email

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