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Pavement Cafés

Update Covid-19 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is seeking expressions of interest from businesses within the hospitality sector who wish to obtain a pavement café licence to help facilitate their re-opening.

A pavement café licence could provide hotels, restaurants, cafés and pubs with outdoor space that would accommodate additional customers while ensuring social distancing.

If interested, please contact the Council’s Licensing Department via email at: licensing@nmandd.org. Please include details of the business name / type, business address and contact details.


Licensing of Pavement Cafés Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 (Commencement) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016.

Owners of cafés, restaurants, pubs or other premises selling food or drink to the public, who wish to place tables, chairs and furniture on the pavement must have a Pavement Café Licence.

The Council wishes to promote a pavement café culture within its district to encourage tourism and assist the business economy. A pavement café licence may be obtained through the Council’s Licensing Section.

A Pavement Café Licence lasts for three years.

Further information and assistance can be obtained from:

Oifig an Iúir Oifig Dhún Pádraig
Newry Office Downpatrick Office
Licensing Section Licensing Section
O’Hagan House Downshire Civic Centre, Downshire Estate
Monaghan Row Ardglass Road
Newry BT35 8DJ Downpatrick BT30 6GQ

Alternatively click on the links in the downloads section.

Contact Details

Email: licensing@nmandd.org

Telephone: 0330 137 4030


  • application form for pavement cafe licence (pdf version)
  • application form for pavement cafe licence
  • pavement cafe guidance for applicants