Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT) is working to support pubs, restaurants, cafes and takeaways across the district with their preparations to reopen from 4 July as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
Our officers are currently implementing temporary changes to licensing laws to allow more premises to sell and serve alcohol and food for consumption off the premises, making social distancing easier.
SWT will aim to process applications for Pavement Café Licenses within 10 working days and will continue to ensure that communities are consulted on applications for Pavement Cafes, that waste is disposed of responsibly, and that pavements and pedestrianised areas are still accessible and able to support social distancing.
The application process for new Pavement Café Licenses will be up and running on the Somerset West and Taunton website shortly including full information and guidance
Any business wishing to apply for a new Pavement Café licence should submit an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses that have expressed an interest will be sent full details and links to the application form and guidance. An officer from Somerset West and Taunton Council may also contact you to discuss your plans.
Full reopening guidance for Pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and takeaways can be found here:
The Government measures, which have been introduced to simplify the process for outdoor seating, include reducing the consultation period for applications for pavement licences from 28 calendar days to 5 working days, and setting a lower application fee for a pavement cafe licence. Full details of the new legislation can be found on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pavement-licences-draft-guidance