Outdoor seating hospitality grant scheme

Purpose of the scheme

The outdoor seating hospitality grant scheme aims to support hospitality businesses registered, located and operating in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane to extend or create outdoor seating areas. The scheme provides up to £3,000 of funding to enable hospitality businesses to purchase additional tables and chairs, planters or marquees to serve customers outdoors.

The grant scheme is open to all hospitality businesses registered, located and operating in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane. Businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs can apply for up to £3,000 of funding to help them create or extend outdoor seating areas.

Funding is for the following purposes only:

  • Purchase of new and additional tables and chairs
  • Purchase of new and additional planters or other types of temporary planting structures
  • Purchase of new and additional marquees, gazebos or parasols - any coverings/marquees will need to comply with the smoke-free legislation and be at least 50% open
  • Purchase of outdoor ambient lighting
  • Cover the cost of applying for a pavement license if this applies

Please note that the scheme will not fund extensions to buildings or permanent structures.

To apply for a grant, businesses will need to complete an application form providing details of the business and what the funding will be used for. Applicants will also need to submit photographs of the area where the outdoor seating will be located together with at least two separate quotes from different suppliers to evidence the costs that will be incurred. Please note that grants cannot be used to fund equipment that has already been purchased prior to a grant offer being made.

Eligibility criteria

Who can apply?

Any hospitality business located and operating in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane. This includes bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes.

To be eligible for a grant, the business will need to:

  • Have a current and valid business rates account with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as of 21 June 2021
  • Be registered as a food business with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as of 21 June 2021
  • Have a premises licence, if applicable, from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as of 21 June 2021

Businesses that operate several premises in the borough can only apply for one grant. If the business intends to use the grant to purchase equipment for several premises, they will need to state the location of all the premises grant funding will be used for in their application form and provide the relevant registration numbers.

Please note that the grants are discretionary, available for a limited period of time and subject to the availability of funds. Being an eligible business does not give any automatic entitlement to a grant.

Will I need a pavement license?

If you intend to place tables and chairs on the highway, you will need to apply for a pavement license. More information can be found on Licence to place tables and chairs on the highway page.

What and how much can I apply for?

Grants of up to £3,000 will be available. The grant is for creating or extending outdoor seating areas and for the following purposes only:

  • Purchase of new and additional tables and chairs
  • Purchase of new and additional planters or other types of temporary planting structures
  • Purchase of new and additional marquees, gazebos or parasols - any coverings/marquees will need to comply with the smoke-free legislation and be at least 50% open
  • Purchase of outdoor ambient lighting
  • Cover the cost of applying for a pavement license if this applies

Please note that the scheme will not fund extensions to buildings or permanent structures.

How do I apply and what information must be provided?

Applicants will need to complete an application form providing details of the business and what the funding will be used for. Applicants will also need to submit photographs of the area where the outdoor seating will be located together with at least two separate quotes from different suppliers to evidence the costs that will be incurred. Please note that grants cannot be used to fund equipment that has already been purchased prior to a grant offer being made.

When can I apply?

The scheme will be open for applications until 30 July 2021. Any application received beyond this date will not be processed.

Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. Please note that there is a total allocation of £30,000 for this scheme.

What conditions must be satisfied?


  • The grant is solely for hospitality businesses located and operating in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane
  • Businesses must have a valid and current business rates account with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as of 21 June 2021
  • Businesses must be registered with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as a food premises as of 21 June 2021
  • If relevant, businesses must have a premises licence issued by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as of 21 June 2021
  • Businesses must be occupying and operating the premises for which the grant is intended
  • Businesses must be trading and not be struck off or in liquidation
  • Grants must only be used for the purposes detailed above and as declared in the application form and that this should be for the declared premises stated in the application form
  • Applicants must submit at least two separate quotes from different suppliers as part of their application together with photographs of the area where the seating will be located

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Upon receipt of an application and supporting documents, officers from across the council will review the documents. Applicants will be informed within seven working days of receipt of the application whether the application has been successful, unsuccessful or that further evidence is required.

When will the grant be paid?

Following confirmation of a successful application, grants will be paid within ten days of receipt of paid invoices and evidence of costs incurred including photographic evidence demonstrating that new and additional outdoor seating areas are in operation.

Word document Outdoor seating hospitality grant scheme - application form(DOCX) [66 kb]

Word document Outdoor seating hospitality grant scheme - terms and conditions(DOCX) [64 kb]

Deadline for application is 30 July 2021. Applications will be processed on first come first served basis.

If you have any questions or require further assistance or guidance with this scheme, please email business@basingstoke.gov.uk

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