Council opens applications for pavement café licensing
Mid Ulster District Council has opened the application process for obtaining a pavement café licence.
The move is part of the Council’s commitment to support business recovery in its towns including the hospitality sector as cafés, restaurants, bars and hotels take steps towards recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Council recognises the challenges that re-opening presents in terms of social distancing, as well as the opportunities which on-street seating areas offer to help meet these requirements and to create the kind of café culture which other towns, cities and villages can enjoy.
Speaking about the development, Chair of the Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan said,
I am pleased the Council has made the decision to open applications for pavement café licensing. We are already encouraging our residents to come back to, and support, our towns and to ‘reconnect with retail’ so this will go a long way in enhancing that experience and hopefully increase vital footfall to the towns as they eagerly try to recover following the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will work alongside local traders as flexibly as possible, both in terms of planning and the licensing requirements for pavement cafes and I would encourage any eligible businesses to talk to us about opportunities for obtaining a pavement café licence.
Any person who operates a business supplying food or drink (in or from premises) may apply to place furniture on a public area for use by customers. This includes cafés, restaurants, pubs, retail outlets providing refreshments, takeaways and supermarkets with a deli counter.
There is no fee to apply for a pavement café licence. For more information, and to apply for a licence, click here.