Galway City Council is to waive charges for cafés, pubs and restaurants with on-street seating, as part of an initiative to assist them through the pandemic.
Around 50 businesses around the city pay for 'Section 254' licences, to allow them use public spaces for customers.
The fees waiver will result in a loss of around €40,000 to council coffers this year. The local authority says the move applies to both temporary licences, introduced in response to Covid-19, and for established licences throughout the city.
It is aimed at easing the financial burden on businesses that are in a position to operate through the pandemic, or when public health restrictions are eased.
While the fees won’t be payable, businesses taking advantage of public spaces are still required to apply for permission to operate outdoors and must also have public liability insurance in place.