The Bill speeds up the process of applying for pavement licences by allowing local authorities to delegate decisions on such matters to sub-committees and council officials.
The fee for such a licence enabling hospitality businesses to use outside spaces will be no more than £100 but the needs of disabled people will be taken into consideration when making a decision on granting such a licence.
Non-smoking customers will also have to be catered for in these spaces.
But the consultation period has been fast-tracked down from 28 days to just five following the application.
“These measures will free-up venues to operate more flexibly at a time when every bit of help will be vital to their future survival,” said UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls, while the British Pub & Beer Association’s Chief Executive Emma McClarkin added, “All pubs are challenged with operating with reduced capacity. The fast-track temporary pavement licences will be welcomed by publicans and customers alike.”
For those pubs in more urban areas that do not have a pub garden, being able to use extra outdoors space is particularly good news, she concluded.