Boost for hospitality as outdoor seating licence waived

Roscommon County Council are set to waive the outdoor seating licence fee for 2021, providing a much-needed boost for the beleaguered hospitality sector.

This week, Fianna Fáil councillor Orla Leyden said she had made representations to the local authority in light of the severe impact of Covid-19 on local hospitality and tourism businesses, particularly in Roscommon town.

Cllr. Leyden explained that that the licence usually costs an annual fee of €125 per table.

“I welcome the commitment given by the Chief Executive Eugene Cummins afternoon to waive the fee in 2021. I see that this is in the spirit of the Outdoor Seating and Accessories grant, which is all about enabling and supporting hospitality and tourism businesses.

“I would encourage businesses to consider applying for the Fáilte Ireland Outdoor Seating and Accessories grant which went live on the Council’s online services portal this week,” she said.

Applications are now invited for the Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Scheme with funding of up to €4,000 available to applicants. The closing date for applications is September 30th.

For further information and application forms, see or email

The scheme is being administered by the Community & Enterprise Section of Roscommon County Council. Planning will receive the Section 254 licence application, before passing to Municipal District Co-ordinators for a decision as to whether a licence should be issued.