Temporary changes to planning and licensing procedures have recently become law. Pavement licences offer a fast-track process to make it easier for premises serving food and drink to seat and serve customers as lockdown restrictions are lifted but social distancing guidelines remain in place.

If you wish to utilise the pavement for trading you will need to complete and submit a Pavement Licence Application Form. Please download and complete the form, then save and send via email to licensing@merton.gov.uk.

Once the application is submitted you are required to make payment of the application fee. This is set at £100 and is non-refundable. Incomplete applications may be rejected. By submitting the application you are agreeing to the Standard Conditions for Pavement Licences.

The application process requires a 7 day public consultation which beings on the day after an application is submitted (completed form and payment received). There is a legal requirement to place a clear public notice in an area easily visible to passers-by. You may use this Site Notice Template to assist you.

Granted licences will be valid until 30 September 2021.

For any further queries, please get in touch with our licensing team at licensing@merton.gov.uk and we will respond to the enquiries as soon as we can.

For traders with existing street trading licences for forecourts, catering vans and market stalls, please be aware you will continue to be licensed as a street trader and you should renew your licence as normal.

Pavement Licence Policy

GOV.UK guidance: pavement licences