Pavement Café Licence

Licensing of Pavement Cafés Act (NI) 2014

The Licencing of Pavement Caf​és Act (NI) 2014 legislation came into operation with effect from 1 October 2016.

The Licensing scheme will allow cafe owners, restaurants, pubs or other premises selling food or drink to apply to the Council for a Pavement Café Licence.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council promotes the use of pavement cafés within the district area and encourages business owners to apply for a licence.

However, while the provision of street cafés is encouraged, it is important that they are properly administered and managed to ensure that they meet the high standards expected in our towns. They should not obstruct the footway or create a hazard for pedestrians, especially for blind, partially sighted and other disabled people, or cause noise disturbance or other nuisance to residents or neighbouring businesses. They should also be attractive areas to sit in.

The Council charge a reasonable fee for a Pavement Café Licence. The proposed fees are £375.00 for a Grant of Licence which lasts for 3 years, and a fee of £280.00 for annual renewal of licence thereafter.

You can access the Pavement Cafe Notice of Application here or alternatively, you can download the Pavement Cafe Application Form here.

Prior to making an application, we recommend reading the Pavement Cafe Guidance Notes here