New legislation was passed by Government in July to speed up the process of securing a licence for outdoor seating for businesses welcoming customers back after lockdown.
Stafford Borough Council approved its own pavement licence policy in late July.
The authority is charging £100 per licence to help meet the costs of administering the scheme – but other councils such as Cannock Chase and Newcastle Borough have waived the fee.
Jonathan Price, Stafford Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “The hospitality industry has been hit very hard in the last few months and the use of pavements for cafes, bars and restaurants has assumed a new importance given the evidence of a lower risk of spreading coronavirus outdoors.
“We hope this new legislation will provide the opportunity to some of those businesses to utilise space outside to attract more customers – especially given the constraints still in place to prevent the spread of the virus.”
So far nine businesses have applied for pavement licences in Stafford Borough – and all nine bids have proved successful. Five Stafford businesses have now been given the go-ahead to introduce outdoor seating and tables, with a further three in Stone and one in Eccleshall.