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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. From summer 2019, we will also be trialling a small number of concession licences in some of the parks across Worthing.

In Adur, whilst there is no formal promenade, there are opportunities for concessional activities within the Recreation Grounds and Parks. These have previously been arranged by our Parks and Foreshore team, but from Summer 2019 a small number will be trialled via the Seasonal Concessions application process along with the sites available in Worthing.

See also: Map of all the sites (below)

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Concessions Policy 2019

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 in the surrounding parks, gardens and open spaces owned by Adur and Worthing Councils.

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Concession Licence Fees 2019

From summer 2019, the fee for a Concession Licence has been standardised according to the use. 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 £47.50, 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. Should the concession operator require the use of electricity or water, and they are available at the agreed site, the Council will recharge for the full cost of consumption by the concession operator during the agreed licence period.

Concession Licence Fees 2019
Type of ConcessionAdmin FeeAnnual FeeSummer Season
(Apr to Sept)
Monthly FeeWeekly FeeDaily Fee
Ice Cream Vans £47.50 £5,000.00*** N/A N/A N/A N/A
Refreshments £47.50 £2,500.00 £1,500.00 Off-peak** £165.00
Peak** £335.00
N/A N/A
Water Sports £47.50 N/A £1000.00* N/A N/A £13.50*
Others £47.50 N/A N/A £335.00 £90.00 £13.50

Please note:

* for Water Sports: the summer season will be March to October inclusive. The daily rate for Water Sports applies only to a second instructor which must be agreed in advance. VAT is charged where applicable. Usually, VAT only applies to 'ambulatory' concessions.

** for Refreshments:
  - Peak: is June, July and August
  - Off peak: is the rest of the year

*** for Ice-Cream Vans: the standard annual season will be from Good Friday or 1st April (whichever is first) to October inclusive

For all sites: The Council reserves the right to charge an enhanced fee for premium sites, categorised by being adjacent to high footfall year-round attractions.

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How to apply for a Seasonal Concession Licence

All of the sites available for licensing will be marketed at the start of each year, with applications invited for submission by mid-February in time for award of licence in March/April.

Recent licence holders and those who have requested to receive marketing updates about concessions will be emailed the relevant details once released which can be found below under 'Concession Sites', together with application forms and any other necessary documents.

Whilst we aim for all sites 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 sites.

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Concession sites

In Worthing: we have 20 seafront sites with 4 parks available for concession use. A further 17 sites are leased via our Estates team on longer term agreements in Council owned property. Each concession site is evaluated for a particular use, with some sites suitable for more than one type of concession. For further details please view the list and map below.

In Adur: whilst there is no formal promenade, we have 2 water sports sites available for SUP or kayak hire. We are not able to accept applications for any other types of water sports, including kite surfing, at the present time. Within the parks in Adur, we also have a further 5 refreshment sites.

Map of Concession Sites:

Concession types

  • Refreshments:
    • F: Food & Drink including teas, coffees, soft drinks, ice-creams, sandwiches, local produce, etc
  • Water Sports:
    • W: Water Sports including kite-surf tuition, paddle board and kayak hire and instruction, etc
  • Other:
    • A: Arts and/or Culture, including performance, face painting, hair braiding, art, etc
    • L: Leisure/Rides, including trampolines, inflatables, cycles, etc
    • R: Retail (non-food) including hand-made accessories, beach goods, local produce (non-food), ancillary sales, etc

List of Concession Sites

Sites are listed below by 'area' or 'zone', along with its site reference number and type(s) of concessions suited to that site (F, W, A, L and/or R).

For each site:

  • if the site is available the application forms are included
  • or the site is marked as 'currently in use' or 'currently not available' and no forms are listed

Areas/Zones:


AREA/ZONE: Adur Parks

Adur Rec (Ref: AP-CS001-F)

Lancing Manor (Ref: AP-CS002-F)

Kingston (Lighthouse) (Ref: AP-CS003-F)

Shoreham Beach Green (Ref: AP-CS004-F)

Southwick Rec (Ref: AP-CS005-F)


AREA/ZONE: Adur Water Sports

Southwick (Carats Café) (Ref: AW-CS001-W)

  • Type(s): W
  • Site currently in use

Ferry Road Beach (Ref: AW-CS002-W)


AREA/ZONE: East Worthing

Brooklands (Ref: EW-CS001-W)

Seamill Park (Ref: EW-CS002-W)

West End Way (Ref: EW-CS003-W)

Brooklands Park (Ref: EW-CS004-F)


AREA/ZONE: Fishermen's Quarter

Windsor Lawns (Ref: FQ-CS001-AFR)

Active Beach Zone Beach House Grounds (Ref: BZ-CS001-A)


AREA/ZONE: Heritage Quarter

Speakers Corner (Ref: HQ-CS001-AR)

  • Type(s): A, R
  • Site currently in use

Dome Toilets East (Ref: HQ-CS002-ALFR)

Dome Toilets West (Ref: HQ-CS003-ALFR)


AREA/ZONE: Entertainment Zone

The Beacon East (Ref: EZ-CS001-F)

Augusta Place (Ref: EZ-CS002-LFR)


AREA/ZONE: Western Gateway

Premier Inn (Ref: WG-CS001-AFR)

Burlington Hotel (ice-cream) (Ref: WG-CS002-F)

  • Type(s): F
  • Site currently in use

Heene (Ref: WG-CS003-AFR)

  • Type(s): A, F, R
  • Site currently in use

Waterwise Playground (Ref: WG-CS004-AFR)

  • Type(s): A, F, R
  • Site currently in use

AREA/ZONE: Goring

Goring Seafood (Ref: GO-CS001-F)

  • Type(s): F
  • Site currently in use

Alinora (Ref: GO-CS002-W)

  • Type(s): W
  • Site currently in use

Sea Lane Café (Beach site) (Ref: GO-CS003-W)

  • Type(s): W
  • Site currently in use

Plantation (Ref: GO-CS004-W)

  • Type(s): W
  • Site currently in use

Plantation (GO-CS005-F)

  • Type(s): F
  • Site currently in use

Goring Gap West (Ref: GO-CS006-W)


AREA/ZONE: Worthing Parks

Homefield Park (Ref: WP-CS001-F)

Pond Lane Rec (Ref: WP-CS002-F)

Victoria Park (Ref: WP-CS003-F)

  • Type(s): F
  • Site currently in use

Highdown Rise (Ref: WP-CS004-F)

  • Type(s): F
  • Site currently not available

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