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On 20 July 2021, the Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 came into force. These regulations extended the existing pavement licence provisions to 30 September 2022.

A renewal option for pavement licences has not been incorporated into the Business and Planning Act 2020. Therefore there is no renewal process and all current licence holders must reapply for a licence.

To assist businesses during the pandemic, we waived the fee for the first year of licences. To maintain public services and to assist the Council in recovering some of the costs associated with administering this licensing process, it has been decided to introduce the maximum pavement licence fee charge of £100 for the 2021-2022 licence year, with effect from 8 September 2021. This is in line with the charges for similar types of licences in the borough.

Apply for a licence

If you wish to utilise the pavement for trading you will need to:

By submitting the application you are agreeing to the standard conditions for pavement licenses (pdf, 48 KB).

Application process

The application process involves a seven-day public consultation. There is a legal requirement to place a clear public notice (pdf, 1.1 MB) in an area clearly visible to passers-by. The consultation period begins once you have been informed that your application has been received and is correctly filled out. The application must comprise of a completed application form, a photograph of the consultation notice correctly filled in and displayed and any other supporting documents that are required.

You may use this template (pdf, 1.1 MB) to assist you.

Granted licences will be valid until 30 September 2022.

Pavement licence applications received

The applications received for pavement licences lists those which are still open to comment or objection by the public. The list gives the last date for objections to be made.

For any further queries, please get in touch with our licensing team at licensing@merton.gov.uk and we will respond 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.

Further information

Updated: 09 September 2021