Please be aware that West Sussex County Council has issued a warning that they will be approaching businesses that have tables and chairs outside their premises to ensure they hold a valid licence.
The license costs £520 for a year and applications can be made online. Before you make your application, it’s worth taking note of all the requirements to ensure that your application is accepted. Any chairs and tables set outside must not block the highway and there may be a maximum number of chairs and tables allowed. This amount will vary according to the area.
The license comes with obligations; business owners will be required to ensure that any litter is removed from the area and appropriate business insurance is in place. There are also specified times that the tables and chairs will be allowed, so make sure that you double check that the rules will meet with your business needs. To find out more and apply for a licence please visit westsussex.gov.uk then follow “Roads and travel”, “Highway licences” then “Tables and chairs licence”.