Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business Scheme

Outdoor Seating/Accessories for the Tourism & Hospitality Business Scheme

Online applications can now be made to Cork County Council for the Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business Scheme

County Council is encouraging local hospitality and tourism providers to apply for grant funding under Fáilte Ireland’s new Outdoor Seating & Accessories Scheme aimed at assisting the sector in increasing their outdoor dining capacity.

Grants of up to €4,000 are available under the scheme to support hospitality businesses and facilitate outdoor dining for summer 2021. Individual tourism and hospitality businesses where food is sold for consumption on the premises including hotels, attractions, cafes, restaurants, and pubs are invited to apply for funding.

The aim of the scheme is to expand on the work carried out by Cork County Council last year in supporting businesses and will support the continued enhancement of outdoor dining experiences across the County in a regulated and accessible manner.

Eligible Expenditure:

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Electric heaters
  • Screens/windbreaks
  • Plant stands
  • Wooden Platforms

Please note the following: 

  • Expenditure must be incurred between April 1st, 2020 and September 30th, 2021.
  • The deadline date for making an application has been extended to 8th October 2021. 
  • A licence from Cork County Council is required to place tables, chairs and other structures in public places and is required for the use of public space as part of this scheme.
  • The Section 254 licence is granted on an annual basis and the Council have simplified its terms and conditions and waived the fees during the Covid Pandemic.
  • This form is available to download at the following link: Section 254 Street Furniture Licence. 


  • Applications for the Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business Scheme can be made online: www.YourCouncil.ie.
  • Cork County Council has established a dedicated helpline on (021) 4208000 and email: outdoordining@corkcoco.ie.