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Chairs on the highway (social distancing)

We understand that, as lockdown restrictions are eased, businesses may have a need for chairs to be placed outside of their premises to assist with social distancing and queueing.

There is no need to apply for a licence to place chairs outside of your premises, however Devon County Council will liaise with business owners/occupiers when:

  • there are more than 4 chairs or there are other items placed on the highway – a licence will be required
  • the chairs do not allow a minimum width of passage of 1500mm
  • the chairs extend more than 450mm from the shop frontage
  • the chairs force pedestrians into the road, either directly or because of the number of pedestrians

If the chairs are causing a considerable obstruction, or are deemed to be a safety concern, business owners will be asked to remove them.

Please see our A board information for further information.