You need a sitting out licence to place furniture on the street outside your business.

Before you apply

Check the licence information, eligibility criteria and conditions.

Complete a public notice

You are required to affix a clear notice to the premises, so it is easily visible to the public on the day you submit the application to us. We have provided a template for you to fill out and display:

Download a template

You must ensure the notice remains in place for the public consultation period which is a period of 5 working days starting the day after the application is submitted to us. When counting ‘working days’, public holidays are not included. You are encouraged to keep evidence of this.

Please talk to neighbouring businesses and occupiers prior to applying for your licence, and take any issues around noise, and nuisance into consideration as part of the proposal

Charge and validity

Licences will be honoured at no charge to the applicant, and they are valid for 12 months.

Apply for a licence (new applications)

Download an application to request a new sitting out licence. If you have a licence already and wish to renew it at the end of the 12-month period, see our renewals information.

  1. download and print the application on paper
  2. return completed application by email to SittingOutLicences@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Download application

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