Pavement Café licence process now open with fees waived until 2022

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in accordance with the Pavement Cafes Act (NI) 2014, has introduced a temporary process for pavement café licence applicants.

By Claire Cartmill
Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:00 pm

The Council continues to support the hospitality sector by waiving Pavement Café Licence fees for an extended period until March 2022.

A streamlined process is open now to allow businesses who supply food or drink to apply for the conditional temporary license needed to safely place furniture on a public area for use by customers.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding said: “It has been an incredibly difficult period for the hospitality sector and we want to do all we can to help our businesses recover as sustainably and swiftly as possible as restrictions ease.

“Bringing vibrancy back to our towns and villages is a key priority and properly regulated pavement cafés can play a key role in this.”

Business owners who are considering making an application for a Pavement Café Licence should note the following:

Applications must be made on the application form and be accompanied by site and location plans, and furniture and barrier plans

Evidence of their Public Liability Insurance must be provided

A suitable and sufficient risk assessment must be provided

A public notice must be fixed to the premises

A 28 day public consultation period will run concurrently with business operation. As well as the public, Council will also consult with the Department of Infrastructure, the Planning Department and if a licenced premises, with the PSNI.

Other relevant organisations/individuals may also be consulted before a decision is made as to whether or not a Temporary Pavement Café Licence will be issued. Council will be ensuring compliance with the licensing requirements of the Pavement Cafes Act (NI) 2014.

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If you want to discuss your application please contact the Environmental Services Department on 028 2766 0233 or email [email protected]

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