From the 1 December 2021 we have adopted the Institute of Licensing "Safe and Suitable" as the criminal record policy for the whole of the Dorset Council area, which has recently been out to consultation.

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 approving applications in shorter timescales.

We have also made new licences and licence renewals free of charge.

Highway street cafés (sitting out licences)

Email: SittingOutLicences@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221020
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