Council takes action against two businesses for non-compliance with Pavement Café licence conditions

Council takes action against two businesses for non-compliance with Pavement Café licence conditions

Councillors on the Environmental Services Committee will hear this week how enforcement files have been prepared in respect of two premises for non-compliance with Pavement Café Licensing Scheme conditions.

A pavement café licence authorises a person who operates a business supplying food or drink (in or from premises) to place furniture in a public area for use by customers.

Council introduced a temporary process for pavement café licence applications, with no associated fee, to help businesses recover during coronavirus (COVID-19), however, it has now been recommended by officers that Council consider reverting to the pre-April 2021 pavement licence café application procedure and fee structure.

Councillors will also be informed that sixteen premises contacted did not complete the licence application process. A report says that enforcement files have been prepared for these non-compliant premises and referred to Council’s legal services.

Seventeen valid applications have been received, processed and temporary pavement café licences issued.

Meanwhile, Belfast City Council has extended their temporary licence process until 30 September 2022.

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