A council has warned licensees they face a deadline of May 11 to submit planning applications for smoking shelters.
South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has urged licensees to get their applications in no later than May 11.
Jean Marshall, SSDC's development control team leader, said: "Businesses will need to get their applications to us as soon as possible. The May 11 deadline would only guarantee a decision - this would not allow time for the shelter to be built.
"We are governed by an eight-week turnaround period for all minor applications, smoking shelters fall into this group.
"The eight-week turnaround is also governed by the quality of information the applicant provides with the application. If there are pieces of information missing, then it is likely that the decision will be delayed, or refused."
Cllr John Farley, SSDC portfolio holder for economic development, planning and transport, said: "We have been given a very tight deadline by the government to get the district ready for smoke-free legislation, and this is shown with the urgency in getting planning applications to the council.
"The initial contact must be to determine if your application needs planning permission. Businesses should contact the duty planner so they can receive advice."
Businesses can contact the SSDC duty planner on (01935) 462462.