Marquees Allowed Permanently

Marquee at a function venueLocal hospitality businesses no longer need planning permission to put up marquees on their land as measures originally introduced during the pandemic are made permanent following public consultation.

The government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has also announced that historic visitor attractions and hospitality businesses operating in listed buildings will be able to install a gazebo for 120 days in a 12-month period. This will provide additional flexibility while minimising the impacts to heritage sites.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said: “Marquees and other structures provided a lifeline for some businesses during the pandemic, evidencing the value of covered outdoor spaces to hospitality venues.

“The announcement is a really positive move to rid businesses of an administrative burden and encourages better use of outdoor space – for many venues it will expedite future recovery and growth.”

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