Pavement cafes

Legislation, by district councils, in relation to placing of furniture for use for the consumption of food or drink in public areas.


The Department has prepared guidelines to assist district councils with the implementation of the statutory licensing scheme contained in the Licensing of Pavement Cafés Act (NI) 2014. 

The Guidelines for the licensing of pavement cafes act (Northern Ireland) 2014 highlight the key legislative responsibilities of district councils, the criteria to be met, and the procedures to be followed, when dealing with applications and the conditions under which pavement café areas should operate.  

Guidance for Applicants

The Licensing Form Northern Ireland prepared the “Guidance for Applicants” to help those intending to make an application for a Pavement Café Licence and to assist with consistency of approach and administration by district councils.


Related to Pavement cafes

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme. You may also request your own personal information, via a Right of Access Request.

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