Come on outdoors!

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From 12 April the hospitality sector has been able to open for outside service. To help with the post lockdown recovery, businesses can apply for outdoor seating in a much quicker and cost-effective way.


Southampton City Council is working in partnership with GO! Southampton to create more opportunities for outdoor dining. The initiative includes extending existing seating areas and introducing new ones but also opening up outdoor areas of the city for businesses that currently have no outdoor space.

The pavement licences introduced by the government make it easier for the hospitality sector to create outdoor dining space. The turnaround time of the application process has been accelerated and the licence fees reduced to just £100. They are valid until 30 September 2021. There are now two ways to apply for a licence for outdoor seating:

If you are looking at adjusting your existing tables and chairs permission, let us know before you make changes so we can review your request.

More info and how to apply.

Make sure your alcohol licence also covers this new area, details can be found here.

Southampton City Council’s Licensing Team and Hampshire Constabulary’s Police Licensing Team have released some specific guidance and best practice for hospitality businesses for outdoor dining.