Street Cafés Application and Guidelines

Street cafés are now a common and accepted feature in Liverpool. Bars, cafés, restaurants etc utilise the public realm to develop their business which in turn animates our streets providing a vibrant and lively dynamic to our city.

Liverpool City Council supports the use of street cafes.  Permission to place a café on a street can only be granted by Liverpool City Council. The permission is granted in the form of a highway licence called a ‘Street Café licence’

Guidelines have been produced to advise and guide applicants how to obtain permission to place a café on the street and once permission is granted how the café should be managed and maintained to ensure high operational standards of cleanliness, appearance and safety.

Useful documents to download:

To support bars, cafes and restaurants Liverpool City Council are encouraging businesses to apply for a temporary street café licence to place tables and chairs on the pavement outside your premises or expand your current one.

If your business already has a valid street café licence, you do not need to apply. But if you wish to extend your hours of operation or increase the street café area please email with your licence details and requested changes.

The licence is free and will last until 31st December 2020 as part of the coronavirus support measures. 

Apply here

If you wish to discuss any of the guidance or application form please contact:

Highways & Transportation
Liverpool City Council
Cunard Building
Water Street
L3 1AH
tel: 0151 233 3001