Businesses in Cork city are being reminded to apply for licences for street furniture if they intend to have tables or chairs outside their premises.
As part of Cork city’s emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic, the local authority is waiving fees for street furniture, but a licence is still required.
City Hall say applications are being processed as quickly as possible but it will take a number of days and are asking people to apply as soon as possible to ensure licenses are available when they’re needed.
Director of Operations at Cork City Council, David Joyce said: “As part of our commitment to the reopening of Cork city and our support to businesses, Cork City Council will not be applying a fee to licenses up to the end of 2020.
“It is vitally important to note that while the license fee is being waived this year, the requirement to have a street furniture licence is not. All street furniture on the public road must be licensed. It is not permissible under any circumstances to have street furniture on a public road without a license,” he added.
Businesses who have an existing license, even if they don’t require changes, are urged to contact City Hall.
Meanwhile, businesses who have licenses but need changes made, are asked to submit a revised application to ensure that the changes can be considered and licensed if appropriate.
Those operating businesses in the suburbs also have to apply for licenses if they wish to have chairs, tables, or benches available for the public outside their establishments.
Applications will be granted based on the widths of footpaths, and City Hall has said that public spaces will be maximised in order to facilitate social distancing.