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Section 254 Outdoor Furniture Fee Waiver 2024

Section 254 Outdoor Furniture Fee Waiver 2024

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O'Brien announced a waiver for street furniture licence fees for tables and chairs associated with outdoor dining for a period between 1st April to 31st December 2024.

Restaurants who have outdoor tables will not be charged for the rest of the year under the government waiver scheme.  The fee exemption only applies to the portion of the fee that relates to 1st April -31st December 2024.  Fees for the period 1st January to 31st March 2024 do not fall within this waiver scheme and will not be refunded by Galway City Council.  Where licence period extends into 2025 applicants will be required to pay the relevant fees for the 2025 period.


An application form must be fully completed with the following documents:

-          Site Location Map – Scale 1:1000 or any alternative legible map which clearly shows the location of the premises outlined in red.

-          Detailed Layout Plan - Scale 1:200 or 1:100. Please show location & dimensions of proposed furniture, any insitu structures i.e. lampposts, bollards, bins etc. the footpaths and the width of the clearance area along the street to be retained.

-          Photographs of the premises & the outdoor furniture.

-          Public Liability Insurance Policy to a minimum value of €6.5m indemnifying Galway City.

-          Details of refuse disposal/storage/ management plan proposed for the licenced area.

-          photograph’s/manufacturers brochures detailing description & dimensions of furniture.


Please submit completed application forms to the Planning Department at Galway City Council by emailing or posting to Planning Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway, H91 X4K8.

Note: Incomplete applications and/or missing required documents will not be accepted and will be returned to you.


For further information, please see the following links:


Section 254 Outdoor Furniture Fee Waiver 2024 -


Section 254 Outdoor Furniture Application Form – S.254 Outdoor Furniture Licence Application Form.pdf