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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Street cafe (sitting out) licence

Sitting out areas (cafe furniture on the highway) are very popular with both residents and visitors to Dorset and bring a different type of street/café culture to the area. We are keen to support these areas where it is safe to do so. 

We know that more businesses than usual will want to expand their premises on to the highway during the COVID-19 pandemic so we are following a process that allows applications to be approved in shorter timescales.

We will also honour new licences and licence renewals at no charge to the applicant.

Before applying

Please check licence information, eligability criteria and conditions and coronavirus guidance for businesses.

Licences currently in consultation are available to view online.

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