Outside Trading Areas for Food, Beverage and Retail
New policy arrangement for the provision of trading areas, café style licences and advertising boards on the public highway from 01 July 2021
The new policy enables the Council to support and encourage the managed provision of equipment on its highway asset, as this is considered to make a positive contribution to towns and resorts by adding vitality, colour, life and interest to the street scene.
The Council also considers this can help maximise the use of public spaces, aid local businesses as well as adding to the facilities offered to people who visit, live, and work in the Vale of Glamorgan. One such addition has been the implementation by the Council of Parklets in Penarth. Whilst the Council is assessing the repurposing of parking spaces for the Parklets and their impact on local businesses the Parklets are still pilots, but will be subject to the same application and charging process as for café licences detailed below.
Whilst the Council is actively seeking to encourage the use of this new policy it is important that spaces are managed to ensure:
Obstructions on the pavement can make it difficult for the blind, partially sighted and other footway users. Such obstructions can also cause inconvenience to neighbouring properties or businesses.
| Seating Area|| Cost|
|1 – 2 tables with up to 8 chairs / seats
|| £150 per annum (£12.50 per month)
|3 – 4 tables with up to 16 chairs / seats
|| £300 per annum (£25 per month)
|5 -10 tables with up to 40 chairs / seats
|| £500 per annum (£41.67 per month)
|11+ tables with over 40 chairs / seats
|| £750 per annum (£62.50 per month), plus £35 for every extra chair/ seat over 40
Outside trading area for the sale of goods
| Size|| Cost|
|Under 5 square metres
||150 per annum (£12.50 per month)
|Over 5 square metres
||£300 per annum (£25 per month)
Advertising Board Charges
| Item|| Cost|
| Advertising board
|| £100 each
Please note: There is a maximum of two advertising boards per business. This includes any permitted under the outside trading space.
Apply for a Outside Trading Space
If you would like to apply for a café licence, outside trading space for the purpose of selling goods or for the use an advertising boards, you need check you are happy with the terms of the policy and complete the application form returning it via email or post to:
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Highway Maintenance Team
The Alps Depot
If you decide to make an application for one of the licences, it will be considered by the Council and if approved the Highway Maintenance team will agree the extents of the space permitted with you and a licence will be issued for 12 months from the date the fee is paid. Where approved, any barriers, fencing, hoarding, furniture or other apparatus may only be placed on the highway within the agreed licensed area which will be marked out with road pins and spray paint by the Council or their designated representative.
If you have any queries regarding the new policy arrangements or require assistance completing the application, then please contact the Council to discuss at the earliest opportunity. This can be done by either emailing or writing to the address above or by telephoning 01446 700111 and asking for either Jo Dovey or Nathan Thomas. Bilingual versions of all forms are available upon request.