Apply for a 'Tables & Chairs' Licence

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If you own a café, restaurant, hotel or bar, you can apply to Dublin City Council to put tables and chairs on the footpath outside. In order to qualify for this scheme you must serve food to the public that can be eaten onsite.

Note: Not everyone can use this service because not every premises has a suitable space outside. Read below for more details.


Apply for a licence for 'tables and chairs' outside your premises

To apply for a licence, follow these steps:

Step 1: Arrange a meeting with Dublin City Council’s street furniture unit

We will visit your premises to see if the footpath can accommodate tables and chairs. As this meeting is consultative only, it does not mean we will issue you with a licence.

Note: A licence can only be granted for the area that is right outside your premises and under your control (except in exceptional circumstances).

Step 2: Publish a notice in a public newspaper

If after meeting with us you decide to proceed with your application, you must place a notice in a public newspaper that states your intention to apply for a licence. This must contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • The address for which you are applying
  • The number of tables, chairs and other equipment to be placed on the footpath
  • The amount of space (in square metres) you wish to use.
  • A statement that your application can be inspected at Dublin City Council’s office and that observations from the public can be submitted in writing.

Step 3: Place an A4 size notice on your premises that summarises your application

This notice must contain the same information as the newspaper notice above.

Step 4: Complete the application forms

Contact us at the address below to request a copy of the Tables and Chairs application form. 

If you want to apply for a Street Furniture licence please use the following form:

Please enclose the following information with your application:

  • A 1:100 scale drawing of the area for which you are applying. This must include:
    • All above ground utilities and services within 10 metres of the proposed area. This includes lampposts, bollards, fire hydrants, manholes, cycle stands, litter bins and all street furniture.
    • The dimensions of the proposed area.
    • The location and dimensions of your tables, chairs and other furniture.
  • A location map and photograph of your premises with the ‘licence notice’ in place (see step 2 above).
  • A copy of your newspaper notice.
  • Details of the barriers or screens that will enclose your seating area.
  • A cheque or postal order for the value of €100, payable to ‘Dublin City Council’. Do not enclose cash.

Note for O’Connell Street applications: Form B must be stamped and signed by the Superintendent or Inspector at Store Street Garda Station. Send your completed forms to us at the address below.

Step 5: We will Process Your Application

When processing your application, we will consider the following criteria:

  • Safety of pedestrians.
  • Width of the footpath.
  • Number of pedestrians using the footpath.
  • Number of items of street furniture in the area.
  • Reports from Dublin City Council departments such as Planning, Chief Fire Office and Roads & Traffic.
  • Observations from An Garda Síochána.
  • Comments from the public.

Step 6: Granting of licence and payment of fees

If a licence is granted, you need to get Public Liability Insurance for €2.6 million and provide us with evidence that you have done so.

The following charges are then payable to Dublin City Council:

  1. Annual ‘Table & Chairs’ licence fee =  €100.
  2. Annual fee per table = €125.
  3. Annual space rental charge per square metre (as below). This charge varies depending on what zone you are in. Download this map to find out what licence zone you are in (PDF 311Kb)

For space on a pedestrianised street in the core of the city centre (Yellow Zone)

  • Less than 4 metres squared = €200
  • Greater than 4 metres squared  = €500

For space on a non-pedestrianised street in the core of the city centre (Yellow Zone)

  • Less than 4 metres squared = €200
  • Greater than 4 metres squared  = €400

For space on any other street in the city centre (Red Zone)

  • Less than 4 metres squared = €200
  • Greater than 4 metres squared  = €300

For space on any other street in the entire city

  • Less than 4 metres squared = €200
  • Greater than 4 metres squared = €200



For more information

Dublin City Council
Roads & Traffic Department
Street Furniture Unit
Block 2, Floor 4
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8.
D08 RF3F

Tel: (01) 222 3802 or (01) 222 6244