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Pavement cafés

Tables and chairs outside premises are becoming a frequent sight as the city’s tourism and retail business increases and more people discover the pleasure of outside dining.

Well regulated pavement cafés can contribute to excellent visitor experience, enhance the attractiveness of a local area and encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more.

The Licensing of Pavement Cafés Act (NI) 2014 came in to operation on 1 October 2016. After this date, pavement cafés in Belfast need to have a licence from us.

A pavement café licence authorises a person who carries on a business involving the supply of food or drink (in or from premises) to furniture on a public area for use by customers. This includes cafes, restaurants, pubs, retail outlets providing refreshments, takeaways and supermarkets with a deli counter.

How much does a pavement café licence cost?

The cost of a pavement café licence depends on the type of licence that you need. These fees are non-refundable, even if your application is refused.

Grant application fee 
(The initial fee payable the first time you apply)
£225
Annual licence fee
(The annual licence fee payable after the first year)
£55
Variation fee 
(The fee payable if you have to make a change to your licence)
£112.50 

How do I apply for a pavement café licence?

There will be details available soon on how to apply for a licence. Please check this page for updates.


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