PUBS, bars and restaurants in the Dudley borough can now apply for a temporary licence to place tables and chairs on the pavement to expand their outside space.

Dudley Council is introducing a temporary pavement licence to support businesses in the hospitality sector to help them follow social distancing rules.

Businesses which are granted a licence will be able to place counters, tables and seating for food and drink consumption on the pavement during their operating hours, but not after 11pm.

Conditions and a fee of £100 will apply.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member responsible for licensing, said: "Our hospitality sector has been hit hard during this pandemic with many, even though they are now open, still struggling to operate due to the limited number of people allowed on the premises.

"This new temporary licence will allow some businesses to extend their outdoor space, hopefully allowing them to accommodate more customers and boost their trade while crucially continuing to follow the latest social distancing guidelines.

"This is another way we are supporting businesses within this sector as they begin their road to recovery."

For more information and to find out how to apply for a licence, visit: