Seasonal concessions

About concessions

As part of the continuing Seafront Investment Plan, the Place and Economy Team aims to identify, develop and maximise additional commercial opportunities, including the enhancement of existing facilities, services and attractions. The provision of new facilities will be encouraged to promote and enhance the character of the designated activity zones.

The definition of a concession covered by a Seasonal Concession Licence will be:

“A temporary consent to trade from Council owned land, where no Council building for exclusive use or significant occupation takes place”.

Any request requiring a business lease or a formal tender will continue to be dealt with by the Councils' Property Team. Any Seasonal Concession Licence offered by the Council grants the Licensee the right to use the Site in common with the Council and members of the public for the purpose defined by the Licence. The Council may suspend or vary operation of the concession subject to the licence on 24 hours' notice or immediately in the event of an emergency if repair works to the Council's land, promenade or the adjoining foreshore are to be carried out, or if a public event is to take place.

In Worthing, the area for Seasonal Concessions includes the length of the seafront from Western Road in the east to Goring Gap in the west. Each year we have a number of returning concessions, covering a variety of offers including mobile refreshments, fresh seafood and water sports.

In Adur, whilst there is no formal promenade, there are opportunities for concessional activities within the parks and by the river, as well as on the coastline at Shoreham and Southwick.

All operators are required to submit copies of their:

  • PUBLIC liability insurance to cover a minimum of £5million
  • a risk assessment for your business
  • a Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note
  • a COVID-19 Safety management assessment

In addition to these documents, all food and drink providers are required to provide copies of their:

  • food Business Registration
  • food Hygiene Inspection Rating
  • any relevant Hygiene/Food training certificates and qualifications
  • gas/electrical safety certificates (where applicable)

All water sport operators are required to provide copies of their:

  • valid BKSA/IKO or equivalent instructor certificate
  • any relevant training certificates including First Aid

See also: Map of all the concession locations (below)

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Concessions Policy

The policy is very much a live document, which will be reviewed regularly, and will apply to all concessions granted for operation along the promenade and seafront, and in the surrounding parks, gardens and open spaces owned by Adur & Worthing Councils.

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Concession Licence Fees

In 2019, the fee for a Concession Licence was standardised according to the use, although when a new pitch is introduced, a promotional fee may be arranged. Annually, at the Council's discretion, fees may be reviewed and be subject to an increase of up to 5%.

All net income gained from concessions revenue is ring-fenced for reinvestment into future regeneration projects along the seafront and in the public parks across Adur and Worthing respectively.

An administration fee of £50.00, full payment for the agreed licence period and any legal costs incurred in preparation of the licence are required in advance of the start date by the applicant, unless an instalment plan has been agreed.

Concession Licence Fees 2021
TypeAdmin FeeAnnual FeeSummer Season
(Apr to Sept)
Monthly FeeDaily Fee
Food, Refreshments
& Seafood/Fish Sales
£50.00 £2,765.00 £1,655.00 Off-peak: £185.00*
Peak: £370.00*
Ice Cream Vans
(Promenade only)
£50.00 N/A £4,750.00** N/A N/A
Ice Cream Vans
(other locations)
£50.00 N/A £2,750.00 N/A N/A
Ice Cream Carts
and Small Units
£50.00 N/A £1,655.00 N/A N/A
Leisure, Arts & Crafts £50.00 N/A £1,100.00*** N/A £15.50***

Please note:

* for Food, Refreshments and Seafood/Fish Sales:

  • Peak: is June, July and August
  • Off peak: is the rest of the year

** for Ice-Cream Concessions:

  • the standard annual season will be from Good Friday or 1st April (whichever is first) to October inclusive

*** for Water Sports:

  • the summer season will be March to October inclusive. The daily rate applies only to Water Sports applies for a second instructor which must be agreed in advance.

For all pitches:

  • The Council reserves the right to charge an enhanced fee for premium pitches, categorised by being adjacent to high footfall year-round attractions.
  • VAT is charged where applicable. Usually, VAT only applies to 'ambulatory' concessions.
  • A deposit of £50.00 is payable upon collection of an access key where required. This is refundable when the key is returned.

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Concession locations: Clusters and Pitches

In Worthing: we have 31 seafront pitches and 4 park pitches available for concession use. Our Property Team also manage the leasing of Council owned property including the seafront kiosks.

In Adur: whilst there is no formal promenade, we have 12 pitches available for concessions within the parks and by the river, as well as on the coastline at Shoreham and Southwick.

Each concession cluster has a number of pitches within the location, with some clusters suitable for more than one category of concession. For further details please view the map and list below:

Concession Categories

  • Food: Pizzas, Donuts and Crepes, Wraps/Paninis, Gourmet Burgers/Sausages, Rice boxes, Street Food, Vegan alternatives, etc
  • Refreshments: Drinks including teas, coffees, soft drinks, light snacks (biscuits, cakes, pastries, etc), n.b. alcohol sales by arrangement with the licensing unit
  • Ice-Creams: either from a van, small unit or hand-cart/trike, serving artisan ice-creams, soft-serve and lollies
  • Leisure, Arts & Crafts: Leisure including kite-surf tuition, paddle board and kayak hire and instruction, trampolines, inflatables, cycles, etc; Arts and Crafts, including performance, face painting, hair braiding, hand-made accessories, beach goods, local produce (non-food), etc
  • Seafood and Fish Sales: either as a concession unit or as ancillary sales from an existing fish sales locker registered with a local fisherman

List of available Concession Pitches for Summer 2021

(As of 1st February 2021)

Available pitches are listed below by 'Cluster' or location running east to west, along with the type(s) of concessions suited to that location:

In ADUR - available pitches:

  • Kingston Lighthouse Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Food and/or Refreshments*
    • Ice Cream Van*
  • Southwick, 2 x available pitches:
    • Ice Cream Van (Southwick Rec)
    • Leisure (water sports @ Southwick Beach)
  • Coronation Green Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Food
    • Ice Cream Cart/Small Unit
  • Adur River Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Food and/or Refreshments and/or Ice Cream
    • Food and/or Refreshments and/or Ice Cream
  • Ferry Road Beach Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Leisure (water sports)
    • Ice Cream Cart/Small Unit (due to bollards)
  • Shoreham Beach Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Food and/or Refreshments and/or Ice Cream
    • Leisure (water sports)

In WORTHING - available pitches:

  • Brooklands Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Leisure (water sports)
    • Food and/or Refreshments and/or Ice Cream
  • Windsor Lawns Cluster, 3 x available pitches:
    • Refreshments
    • Ice Cream Cart/Small Unit
    • Seafood and Fish Sales
  • Dome Cluster, 3 x available pitches:
    • Refreshments
    • Ice Cream Cart/Small Unit
    • Leisure, Arts & Crafts
  • Lido Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Food
    • Leisure, Arts & Crafts
  • Travelodge Cluster, 3 x available pitches:
    • Food
    • Refreshments
    • Leisure, Arts & Crafts
  • Heene Cluster, 2 x available pitches:
    • Refreshments
    • Leisure, Arts & Crafts
  • Waterwise Cluster, 4 x available pitches:
    • Food
    • Refreshments
    • Leisure, Arts & Crafts
    • Ice Cream Cart/Small Unit
  • Worthing Parks, 3 x available pitches:
    • Food and/or Refreshments (Homefield Park)
    • Food and/or Refreshments (Pond Lane Park*)
    • Food and/or Refreshments (Storrington Rise)

(* denotes a promotional pitch for 2021, 30% fee discount)

See also: Map of all the concession locations (above)

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How to apply for a Seasonal Concession Licence

All of the pitches available for a licence will be marketed in February prior to the start of the season for summer season licences. Current licence holders and those who have requested to receive marketing updates about concessions will be emailed the relevant details once released. Similarly, and if there is demand, we will repeat the process for winter season licences in late August/early September.

Whilst we aim for all pitches to be licensed by the start of the main season, it will be at the Councils' discretion to accept and award late applications throughout the year for any vacant pitches.

We have now completed the marketing period for our summer 2021 season concessions. The deadline for summer applications was Monday 22nd February 2021, with successful applicants informed by the end of March. Any unallocated pitches will be available for late application towards the end of March. If these circumstances arise, the link to our online application system will be made available here.

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Page last updated: 23 February 2021