Tables and chairs licences

We issue temporary tables and chairs licences for premises serving food and beverages in Horsham District that wish to have outdoor seating on the highway.

Tables and chairs placed on the highway are licensed under the Business and Planning Bill 2020. There are standard conditions but these may be subject to alterations once the consultation process has been completed.

This permit is for the provision of non-alcoholic beverages and food only.

Before applying for a Tables and chairs licence, please read the Temporary tables and chairs licence terms and conditions.

If you wish tables and chairs to be used for the consumption or retail sale of alcohol, please contact the Alcohol Licensing Officer on 01403 215578.

All tables and chairs placed on the highway are subject to public liability insurance which at present is set at £10 million (or £5 million where a low risk scenario applies). This will be determined by the council before granting the licence. Permission to place tables and chairs on the highway will not be granted until a current insurance certificate has been seen,  It is advisable not to purchase public liability insurance until a decision on your application has been made.


The fees for tables and chairs licences are as follows.

Licence typeFee
Application fee£649
Annual renewal£253
Temporary tables and chair licences£100

Apply for a tables and chairs licence

The easiest way to apply for a temporary tables and chairs licence is online. Click the button below to sign up or sign in to your Environmental Health and Licensing Online Portal account, where you will be able to Request a new Licence by clicking on the 3 line menu icon at the top left of the screen.

You will need to attach the following to your application:

  • Evidence of public liability insurance
  • Scale plan
  • A photo or product image of the furniture you plan to use
  • A Risk Assessment

Apply for a tables and chairs licence

After you apply

Once your application has been received, a seven day statutory notice must be posted on the site to inform the public and other businesses in the vicinity of your proposal. Any objections will then be taken into account. Various Departments within the Council, the Highways Authority and local Police and Fire Brigade are consulted. When all replies are received and the seven day statutory notice has expired a decision will be taken within seven days on the granting of a permit.

Until permission has been obtained tables and chairs must not be placed on the highway outside the premises. If you have not heard from Horsham District Council within a reasonable period, please contact us.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Department on 01403 215488 or email

View and comment on current tables and chairs licence applications

Click the button below to view and comment on licence applications that are currently in progress.

The form will only show licence applications that are within their one-week consultation period.

View and comment on licence applications