Pavement Licences - City of London Corporation
As we await the promised announcement from the government on 22nd February which it is hoped will update us on when and how Lockdown will be eased, there has been an interesting announcement from City of London Corporation around the use of external areas at licensed premises within their Jurisdiction.
It has been reported in Propel that The City of London Corporation has agreed to continue issuing pavement licences free of charge for “suitable premises” for a further six months.
The Chair of the City of London Corporation’s licencing committee Sophie Fernandes said:
“The hospitality sector has endured very difficult times over the past few months, and we hope the continuation of al fresco dining options will give venues the flexibility they need to fully resume trading as soon as government restrictions are eased. The City is home to many treasured cafes, restaurants and pubs and this decision could be what allows them to safely, comfortably and profitably reopen. The majority of establishments that wanted to take up the offer to reinstate their pavement licences have been able to do so and it remains vitally important these outdoor dining options are retained wherever it is appropriate.”
This is a welcome extension and hopefully one that Operators will be able to take advantage of shortly.
Anyone wishing to take advantage of this, will need to make a suitable application to the City of London Corporation. If you need any assistance in that regard please get in touch with us.