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Apply for temporary use of highway land

Apply for temporary consent to place tables and chairs and/or offer the sale of goods and services on the highway.

We have offered temporary use of our land for free during the summer 2020 to support business that had to close during that summers COVID-19 lockdown. That scheme was replaced by the Business and Planning Act 2020. This government scheme allows for Pavement Café Consents to be granted for durations of three months or more, but not beyond the 30 September 2021, however this has now been updated to 30 September 2022. There is a fee of £100 per application.

Applications for use of other Council land will need to make an approach to the land owning department. This can initially be done by sending an email to tempopenspace@torbay.gov.uk, and it will be forwarded on.

Highway Land use (Business and Planning Act 2020)

This scheme only applies to highways land, and the appropriate application form below should be used. There is a requirement to put up a site notice for seven days in an obvious location and a photograph needs to be provided to confirm that it is in place. This needs to be put up the day after the application is submitted. A template notice form is below.

We have a subsequent seven days to advise you of the outcome of your application.

Business requirements

To make an application use the correct application form and email address and supply as much information as possible, including plans and photographs, as requested. Talk to your neighbours both adjacent and opposite about your plans and seek email support as this may help us deal with your application more quickly.

However, please note that no business can operate any trading or provide table or chairs on our land, without a consent or lease agreement/Licence in place.

Making an application

Download and complete the application form. Once completed, please send the application and other documents/photos to tempopenspace@torbay.gov.uk. An acknowledgement will be sent out.

We have produced a guidance document, to help you make an application.

If there are any queries, then please use the same email address, and we will do our best to answer them.

Download and complete the application form. Once completed, please send the application and other documents/photos to tempopenspace@torbay.gov.uk. An acknowledgement will be sent out.

We have produced a guidance document, to help you make an application.

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