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Licences and permits

Pavement cafés

  • Temporary process for pavement café licence applications

    We issue licences for pavement cafés in Belfast. We have introduced a temporary process for licence applications to help businesses recover during coronavirus (COVID-19). Business operators must ensure they are familiar with government legislation and coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance. They must adhere to all requirements relevant to their workplace, to protect the health and safety of staff and customers.  This includes social distancing advice.  

    Types of premises requiring a pavement café licence

    A pavement café licence authorises a person who operates a business supplying food or drink (in or from premises) to place furniture on a public area for use by customers. This includes:

    • cafés
    • restaurants
    • pubs
    • retail outlets providing refreshments
    • takeaways
    • supermarkets with a deli counter
  • How much does a pavement café licence cost?

    Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have waived application fees for temporary pavement café licences.

  • Guidance for pavement café licence applications

    We have published advice on what we will consider appropriate for a pavement café licence including:

    • pedestrian and vehicular access
    • size and layout
    • likely disturbance to other businesses or residents
    • furniture design
    • safety issues 

    Before submitting an application, please read our guidance to check if your proposal will meet all the criteria. 

  • How to apply for a pavement café licence

    You can download a licence application form:

    We can send you the application form and guidance by post or email.

    Send your completed application form with the relevant documents by email to pavementcafes@belfastcity.gov.uk or post it to:

    Building Control
    Ground Floor
    Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP

  • Documents needed

    You must send us certain documents with your application form.

    Site location map

    You must provide a map (preferably Ordnance Survey) showing the proposed pavement café area marked in red and the adjoining streets and properties.

    Proposed café plan

    You must provide a plan of the proposed pavement café area, the streetscape and all utilities and services including lampposts, bollards, fire hydrants, manholes, cycle stands, litter bins and any other items of street furniture located within the immediate vicinity. The dimensions of the proposed pavement café area must also be shown.

    There are examples of pavement café plans in our guidance information.

    Details of the furniture

    We will need details of the number, materials and types of chairs, tables, umbrellas to be provided in the café. It would be helpful if you include photographs, manufacturer, detailed brochures of proposed furniture or photographs of existing furniture.

    Public liability insurance

    Public liability insurance cover with minimum indemnity of £5m will be required (details are provided in in our guidance information).

  • Application by a licensed premises

    A premises licensed under the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 must provide details of their Liquor Licence to assist us process the application and to enable us to notify the court if your application is granted. The pavement café area will be treated as part of the licensed premises.

    Management plan

    If the café is to be located away from the main premises or patrons or staff will need to cross a public pavement to reach the café area, you must provide a management plan. The plan must outline how this will be done to protect the safety of staff, patrons and other people using the pavement.

    Public notice  

    You must fix a public notice to the premises on the day you apply to us. The notice must be positioned so the public can see it for 28 days. Interested parties can make representations to us about your licence application.
    We suggest that you take a photograph showing the public notice in place and send us the photograph with your application.

    We will publish licence applications on our website until the end of the period allowed for representations.

    Our guidance information includes a draft public notice template.

  • Consulting other organisations

    We recommend businesses discuss their proposals with adjacent property occupiers to inform them of the pavement café application.

    When assessing your application we will also consult:

    • DfI Roads
    • Police Service for Northern Ireland where the premises are licensed to sell alcohol
    • other council departments, organisations or individuals as appropriate
  • Hours of operation

    We will set the days and hours of use for the pavement café area. We take into account location, likely disturbance to local residents, street cleaning or other businesses and representations from interested parties.

    We usually grant pavement café licences for set hours between 8am and 11pm and will be reflective of the normal operating hours of the business. If the premises are licensed under the Licensing Order, a licence will not be issued beyond 11.30pm, regardless of the additional operating hours that may apply to the premises.

  • Granting or refusing a licence application

    We consider each application on its own merits. But it may not always be possible to accommodate pavement cafés in all locations due to factors such as visual impact, width restrictions, obstructions or heavy pedestrian flow.
    If there are objections to the granting of the licence from other interested parties such as DfI Roads, PSNI or other local businesses, we must take these into consideration before an application can be granted.

  • Objections and appeals

    Objections

    If we receive objections to an application which are not resolved through mediation, the application will be referred to our Licensing Committee for further consideration. If this happens, both you and anyone who objects to your application, will have the opportunity to present a case to the committee.

    Appeals

    If your application is refused, you can appeal the decision to the Magistrate's Court within 21 days of being notified of our decision. Licence-holders may also appeal a decision to suspend or revoke a licence or vary the area and conditions of a licence (as an alternative to revocation), or to limit the duration of a licence.

  • Objecting to or supporting a licence application

    If you want to object to or support an application for a pavement café licence, you must send us a written submission before the closing date for objections or support. You must outline your reasons for objecting to or supporting the pavement café.

    You can email your submission to pavementcafes@belfastcity.gov.uk or post:

    The Building Control Manager
    Building Control Service
    Ground Floor
    Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP

  • Pavement café licence applications

    When a business in Belfast applies for a pavement café licence, we publish information about their application. You can support or object to a pavement café application. There is a deadline for objecting or supporting an application.

    If you would like to see a licence application, you should contact us by email:pavementcafes@belfastcity.gov.uk 

  • Current applications for pavement café licences

    We received these applications for pavement café licences in June and July 2021.

    Premises name and address Application date Closing date for objection or support
    McHugh's Bar
    29-31 Queen's Square,
    BT1 3FG
    24 June 2021 22 July 2021
    Greggs Plc
    52-54 Botanic Avenue,
    BT7 1JR
    8 July 2021 5 August 2021
  • Licences issued to date

    Last updated: 7 July 2021

    Premises Address Operating hours Location in relation to premises
    2 Taps Cotton Court,
    42 Waring Street,
    BT1 2ED
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    7Spice 7 St Anne's Square,
    Edward Street,
    BT1 2LR
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Avoca 41 Arthur Street,
    BT1 4GB
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Belmont Bistro 4 Belmont Road,
    BT4 2AN
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Bootleggers 46 Church Lane,
    BT1 4QN
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Adjacent
    Bullit 40a Church Lane,
    BT1 4QN
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero 48-50 Ann Street,
    BT1 4GE
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero The Carriages,
    42E Botanic Avenue,
    BT7 1JQ
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero The Soloist Building,
    Lanyon Place,
    BT1 3LP
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero Unit 2, The Weaving Works,
    379 Ormeau Avenue,
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero 377 Ormeau Road,
    BT7 1JR
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero 91-93 Royal Avenue,
    BT1 1FG
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero 2-4 Chichester Street,
    BT1 4LA
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Caffè Nero 10 Donegall Square West,
    BT1 6JH
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    City Picnic Unit 5 McAuley House,
    6 Castle Street,
    BT1 1HB
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Clements 269 Upper Newtownards Road,
    BT4 3JT
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Cosy Bar 44 Omeath Street,
    BT6 8ND
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Remote
    Dirty Onion 3 Hill Street,
    BT1 2LA
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Adjacent
    Fish City Ann Street,
    BT1 4EB
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Flame Restaurant 46 Howard Street,
    BT1 6PG
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Jack Coffee Bar 402 Newtownards Road,
    East Side Visitor Centre,
    BT4 1HH
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Love & Death - Crown Entry Crown Entry,
    10 Ann Street,
    BT1 4EF
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 11pm
    Sunday
    12 noon - 11pm
    Remote
    Malmaison 34-38 Victoria Street,
    BT1 3GH
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Adjacent
    Margot 18 Donegall Square East,
    BT1 5HD
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11.30pm
    Adjacent
    Monico Bars 17 Lombard Street,
    BT1 1RB
    Monday - Thursday
    7am - 11pm
    Friday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 22pm
    Adjacent
    Mountainview 417 Shankill Road,
    BT13 3BU
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 11.30pm
    Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Mourne Seafood Bar 34-36 Bank Street,
    BT1 1HL
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11.30pm
    Adjacent
    Nancy Mulligans 95-97 Castle Street,
    BT1 1GJ
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Remote
    Pottinger’s Café 5-9 Pottinger's Entry,
    BT1 4DT
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Pug Ugly’s 21 Bedford Street,
    BT2 7EJ
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Robinsons Bars (Back) 38-42 Great Victoria Street,
    BT2 7BA
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Remote
    Robinsons Bars (Front) 38-42 Great Victoria Street,
    BT2 7BA
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    SD Bell 512-516 Upper Newtownards Rd,
    BT4 3HL
    Monday - Saturday
    8:30am - 5pm
    Sunday
    10am - 5pm
    Adjacent
    Starbucks 24 Great Victoria Street,
    BT2 7BA
    Monday - Sunday
    8am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Starbucks 25-27, Wellington Place,
    BT1 6DG
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Stock Kitchen Bar St George's Market,
    Oxford Street,
    BT1 4FG
    Friday - Saturday
    12 noon - 11pm
    Sunday
    12 noon - 6pm
    Adjacent
    The American Bar 65 Dock Street,
    BT15 1LF
    Monday - Wednesday
    7pm - 11pm
    Thursday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Friday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    The Bridge House 35 Bedford Street,
    BT2 7EJ
    Monday - Sunday
    8am - 11pm
    Adjacent
    Thirsty Goat 1 Hill Street,
    BT1 2LA
    Monday - Saturday
    7am - 1am
    Sunday
    7am - 12 midnight
    Adjacent
    Town Square 11-13 Lower Crescent,
    BT7 1NR
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11.30pm
    Adjacent
    Voodoo 11A Fountain Street,
    BT1 5EA
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11.30pm
    Remote
    Voodoo - Santeria 11A Fountain Street,
    BT1 5EA
    Monday - Sunday
    7am - 11.30pm
    Adjacent and remote

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

pavementcafes@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9027 0650

Building Control, Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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