Outdoor Dining being Supported by Dublin City Council

Outdoor dining Dublin
Dublin, Ireland. People drinking and eating outside Davy Byrnes pub, located in Duke St, off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre.

Outdoor dining is going to be the future of the restaurant and pub business for this summer 2021. Dublin City Council will be taking applications for financial support aimed at tourism and hospitality businesses in the capital.

Under the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme business can request financial support to upgrade equipment, additional outdoor seating, and increase capacity for summer 2021.  The scheme is open to attractions, hotels, restaurants, cafes, public houses, and other hospitality businesses where food is sold for consumption on the premises.

What can you claim for?

The following items are considered eligible for the scheme:

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

How much is it worth?

The scheme will provide for up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed with a maximum allowable contribution of up to €4,000 per applicant.

The Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme is being delivered in partnership with Fáilte Ireland and Local Authorities across the country.

The scheme will be open for applications from April 13th, 2020 and will close on 30 September 2021.

Funding under the scheme is only available to current businesses and all applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative requirements and other compliance requirements. Applications must be made to the city council before purchasing furniture and equipment.

Items purchased after April 20, 2020, will be eligible up to the value of the grant available. If you bought outdoor equipment last year then you can still reclaim up to the funding value.

For more information and for details on how to apply for funding visit:



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