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Licensing of Pavement Cafés Act (Northern Ireland) 2014

Section 15: Suspension of licence

Section 15 sets out the circumstances in which a district council may suspend a pavement café licence. These are that:

  • the licensed area (or part thereof) is, or is going to become, temporarily unsuitable for that purpose; and

  • continuing to use all, or any part of the public area, for that purpose would, temporarily, cause undue interference or inconvenience to persons or vehicles in the vicinity, or be likely to result in disorder.

This power allows a council to suspend a licence for example, when utilities maintenance is required, roadworks are scheduled etc. A council may also suspend a licence (as an alternative to revoking it under Section 14) if the licence holder has made a false statement in connection with any application, or failed to fix a notice to the premises specified in the application, or has persistently failed to comply with any condition of a licence or failed to pay any fee (without good reason) to the council.

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