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Pavement cafés

Coronavirus update

Normal services for pavement café licences have been suspended.

Types of premises requiring a pavement café licence

We issue licences to pavement cafés in Belfast.

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?

We are not currently accepting applications for pavement cafés. We will update this page when this service becomes available.  


Contact us
Building control
028 9027 0650
Building Control
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP