Pavement café licence fees consultation

Closed 3 Oct 2016

Opened 6 Sep 2016


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

A pavement café licence authorises a person who owns a business involving the supply of food or drink (in or from premises) to place 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.

Under the legislation, each council can decide the fees for a pavement café licence and how long each licence will last before it must be renewed.  The fees charged must simply cover the costs of administering the scheme only.  The council cannot profit from the scheme.

Our Licensing Committee recently considered the cost implications to council of administrating this new legislation and the licensing process.  As a result it has identified a proposed fee structure to enable us to meet the additional cost.   

Any fee less than those proposed will not cover the cost of administering the scheme and the shortfall would need to be recovered by another means, such as an increase in rates.

Why we are consulting

We want your views on our proposed fee structure inlcuding:

  • the proposed cost of applying for the licence
  • the proposed cost of renewing or varying the licence
  • the proposed cost of the annual inspection
  • the duration of the licence


The consultation will run for 28 days as set out by the act.

What happens next

This consultation is now closed.  The Licensing Committee will consider the feedback from the consultation and make a final decision before the 1 October 2016.  


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