If the area where the A-Boards, Tables and Chairs and Goods on the Highway are to be placed is part of the Public Highway, then a licence is required from the Local authority.

Pavement Licence

Applications can be made here for the new Pavement Licence, which allows food and drink businesses to put furniture on the highway adjacent to their premises. The Pavement Licence has a 7 day public consultation period, compared to a 28 day public consultation period for Table and Chairs Permits.

The Pavement Licence regime expires on 30 September 2024. Businesses are encouraged to apply for a ‘Table and Chairs Licence’ after this date.

Table & Chairs

You need a licence if you want to place tables and chairs on the public highway outside your premises.

To apply for a licence, you need to:

  • Complete the application form and return it to us
  • Include a to scale plan with your application, clearly showing the exact area the tables and chairs will be located and the dimensions of all furniture
  • Pictures of the proposed street furniture including the encloser
  • You must ensure there is a minimum of 1.5m from your table and chairs to the nearest obstruction.
  • Public liability insurance is required at £5 million
  • Pay the correct fee of £25

A-Boards/ Objects on the high way

You need a licence if you want to place a A-Board or an object on the public highway within the city centre.

Please submit 1 application per A-board or object.

You'll need to provide:

  • address of the business where the advertising board or object is to be displayed
  • size of proposed advertising board
  • Public liability insurance is required at £5 million

You may also provide any further information you think will help us in making our licensing decision. Photos of the site and drawings may be included and attached with your application.

Application process

The permit lasts from 1st April to 31st March the following year and there is a fee of £25. 

Please note if you apply after 1st April the licence will be granted from the day you submitted your application to 31st March.

Each application will be considered on its own merit. For every application this will include the available space, the type and character of the street, the kind of furniture proposed, the flow of pedestrians and any possible hazards.

As part of the application:

  • A public notice of the application must be displayed at the business giving details on the proposal and deadline for representations.
  • All representations received must be considered
  • Any other relevant parties will be consulted

Once submitted, each application will be distributed to responsible authorities for a consultation period of 28 days.  You will be required to display a notice at your premises. 

Subject to no representations being made, the permit will be granted. Where representation is received, it may require a review to determine your application.

How to apply – Post or Electronically

A copy of the application and guidance can be downloaded from the Downloads section.

Please complete the relevant application form and return along with the £25.00 fee to the address below.

Payment can be made by cheque, postal order or you can request that payment be taken over the phone or by bank transfer.

What if I have a complaint or concern?

If you have a complaint or concern about items on the highway or believe the occupation of the highway has not been permitted, contact us.

Contact us

Please contact Licensing team providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.

Or write to:
Licensing Services
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre
St Peter Square