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Licensing – street activities, trading and charities

Licenses for street activities, authorisations for tables and chairs, street traders and charities.

Pavement Licences

The Business and Planning Act 2020 allows anyone who serves food or drink (including alcohol) to apply to the Licensing Authority for a Pavement Licence. The Pavement Licence would authorise the licence holder to put removable furniture on part of the highway adjacent to the premises. The applicant could then sell and serve food and drink (including alcohol) from the removable furniture as well as allowing the consumption of food and drink (including alcohol) on the furniture.

Please note: in accordance with Section 10 of the Business and Planning Act 2020, Pavement Licence provisions are due to expire on 30 September 2021. Until we receive further instruction from central government, Pavement Licences will therefore be issued with an expiry date of 30 September 2021.

The application must be made using our application form. The legislation requires all applications to be made electronically (via email) and all communication regarding the application will be made electronically (via email).

The application form must be complete and be submitted with:

  • the fee (£95)
  • a site plan showing the proposed location of furniture at a scale of 1:100
  • photographs and/or brochures showing the type of furniture, umbrellas etc to be placed on the highway
  • a written specification describing details, materials and colours (these could be notes on a drawing) and details of any other equipment to be
  • used, including fencing and heaters if applicable
  • a COVID-19 risk assessment
  • a certificate of public liability insurance that covers at least £5,000,000 per incident.

The  application form for a Pavement Licence [PDF, 72Kb] must be submitted via email to licensing@northlincs.gov.uk

The consultation period lasts seven days from when the application is complete. You will receive confirmation of this via email. Licensing must then determine the application within seven days. You will receive confirmation of the determination via email.

Payment of the £95 fee may be made:

  • by BACS:
    • Bank: Barclays Bank
    • Sort code: 20-76-30
    • Account number: 83416593
    • In the reference please quote the name of the premises. Please confirm via email to licensing@northlincs.gov.uk once the payment has been made, confirming the date of payment and full reference quoted
  • by telephoning The Technical Hub on 01724 297000.
  • We will process your application on the same day it is received
  • Once the application is complete, the consultation period of seven days starts. We will confirm this to you in writing
  • We will consult relevant bodies including Highways and Humberside Police
  • We will also advertise the application by putting a public notice on our website for the duration of the consultation period
  • We will check that you have advertised the application by putting a public notice at the premises
  • At the end of the consultation period, we will determine the application within seven days and notify you of the outcome via email. Your licence will be posted separately.

Once Licensing have confirmed that your application is complete, you must advertise the application by putting a public notice at the premises. You may use our Pavement Licence notice template [PDF, 2Mb].

  • Pavement Licences will be granted subject to conditions. The conditions that must be adhered to are available in the Pavement Licence Conditions document [PDF, 76Kb]. The maximum time a Pavement Licence may last is one year. If we receive objections to a Pavement Licence application, we may grant the Licence for a lesser period
  • Once granted, the Pavement Licence authorises the restriction of public access to the part of the relevant highway to which the Licence relates
  • Anything conducted under a Pavement Licence is not Street Trading
  • If a person has already applied for a Tables & Chairs authorisation or a Street Trading Licence/Consent and before that application is determined applies for a Pavement Licence, the Tables & Chairs or Street Trading application is treated as withdrawn and the fee for a Pavement Licence is not required
  • For more information please view the Business and Planning Act 2020 on Legislation.gov.uk

Street activities, authorisations and tables and chairs

An authorisation is needed where a business or person wishes to place an obstruction on or over the highway.

Any person or business who wishes to place or do anything on, in or over the highway which causes an obstruction is required to apply for a permission from the council. The permission for such activities is contained within section 115E of the Highways Act 1980.

 

An authorisation is needed where a business or person wishes to place an obstruction on or over the highway.

Any person or business who wishes to place or do anything on, in or over the highway which causes an obstruction is required to apply for a permission from the council. The permission for such activities is contained within section 115E of the Highways Act 1980.

Downloadable forms

This applies to any object or structure which is used for a purpose of the production of income, providing advice or information.

Organisations and businesses wishing to provide advice where the provision includes an obstruction or vehicle on the highway.

For those wishing to park a vehicle on a site there may be an additional fee to pay to parking services depending on the activity.  Applicants should contact Parking Services for any parking dispensation required.

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this authorisation by going to our licence fee register.

When considering applications for other commercial activities – we will restrict the number of such activities permitted in order to reduce any potential interference to highway users.

Timescale

We aim to deal with grant and renewal applications within 70 days. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application period.

Street trading

Any person wishing to trade on the streets of North Lincolnshire.

Street trading is controlled in accordance with the provisions contained in Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. The council adopted this schedule on 1 April 2000.

Under this Schedule:

  • A street is any road, footway or other area to which the public have access without payment
  • Trading is the selling or exposing or offering for sale of any article (including a living thing) in a street.

All streets within North Lincolnshire are designated as either ‘licence streets’ or ‘consent streets’. This means that anyone who wishes to trade on a street, highway or other area to which the public have access without payment must hold either a street trading licence or consent.

The pedestrianised areas of Brigg and Scunthorpe are designated as ‘licence streets’. The street trading policy states which sites have been allocated and for what type of produce.

The remaining areas of North Lincolnshire have been designated as ‘consent streets’.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek permission to use any site from the landowner/authority before making an application.

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.

Timescale

We aim to deal with grant and renewal applications within 77 days.

Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application period.

Charity collections

Who needs to apply?

To conduct a charity collection in North Lincolnshire you must apply for a permit/licence. This should be done as far in advance as possible (up to a year) but a minimum of 28 days before any collection date.

Permits/Licences are granted according to availability and previous permissions.

It is illegal to hold street collections such as collecting money or selling articles for charity or other purposes, in a public place, without obtaining a Street Collection permit from the council first. If such collections are contained within private property (for example, shop doorsteps or car parks etc) this permit is not applicable.

Street Collection permits are under Section 5 of the Police, Factories, etc (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, as amended by the Local Government Act 1972 and Schedule 29 of that Act.

Permits are then granted according to:

  • Availability
    Previous permissions

In exceptional circumstances, such as a local or national tragedy, applications may be submitted to the head of the council’s Technical and Environment Service. They may also be submitted to the chair of the licensing committee.

Downloadable forms

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

It is illegal to undertake a “house-to-house” collection without a licence from the council. Nor should a collector bother any person to the extent of annoying them. And they should not remain in, or at the door of, any house after being asked to leave.

The promoter of a collection must return a form of statement detailing the proceeds and expenses of the collection.

Door to door collection of money and/or goods must have permission from one of the following:

  • Home Office – Large national charities collecting nation-wide may be granted an exemption order. It is recommended that they notify the council when collecting in a specific area. But they are under no obligation to do so
  • Police – People can apply to the police for a certificate of exemption to carry out very small collections for local charities. The police notify the council of any exemption certificates they issue
  • Council – All other collections need a licence from the council. For example, a collection from pub to pub would need a licence. The council can only refuse licences on specific grounds. The person authorised to hold the collection must issue all collectors with identification badges and authority to collect.

Downloadable forms

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

Contact

licensing@northlincs.gov.uk
01724 297000

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
Scunthorpe
DN15 6XQ