Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will re- open public counters on Thursday 5th August 2021 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday:

Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore

Tullamore Tullamore Municipal District Offices

The Public Offices listed below will open as follows:

** Edenderry Municipal District Offices (Monday-Wednesday each week from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm only)

** Birr Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1pm only)

At Áras an Chontae, Tullamore, counter services for Planning, Roads, the Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE only.

Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please read for latest information and measures in place.

Outdoor Seating and Accessories Scheme

The Outdoor Seating and Accessories for Tourism and Hospitality Business’ scheme focuses on providing a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses in our town centres. This scheme is for the purchase or upgrade of additional outdoor equipment and, therefore, increase the outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021. This scheme will financially assist and support independent tourism and hospitality business owners to create outdoor dining experiences in a regulated and accessible manner.  Funding under the scheme is only available to existing businesses. All applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative requirements and other compliance requirements.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to attractions, hotels, restaurants, cafes, public houses or other tourism and hospitality business establishments. You must have a Section 254 license or be placing the outdoor seating & accessories within your own business premises. If you do not currently have a Section 254 license but wish to apply for one to avail of this scheme, please contact the Planning Dept at: e-mail – or telephone – 057 9346800.

Please note that the premises must have no commercial rates outstanding to Offaly County Council or must have a payment plan in place.

What Items are considered eligible for the scheme?

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Awnings
  • Pergolas
  • Gazebos
  • Retractable roofs
  • Electric heaters
  • Screens/windbreaks
  • Plant stands
  • Wooden Platforms, decking or alternative surfaces


The tables and chairs or other furniture shall be of robust and stable construction to prevent movement in adverse weather conditions and shall be agreed with Offaly County Council, prior to purchase.

If tables and chairs or other furniture have been purchased prior 12th April 2021, it must meet the criteria as outlined above. 


Marquees will not be included or gazebos/pergolas with sides.


Screens/windbreakers must be agreed with Offaly County Council in advance of purchase and will be subject to the following conditions;


·        Screens to be plain, coloured or neutral canvas type, not more than 1 metre high, spanning between or framed by simple metal type posts.

·        Screens to be manufactured from flame/fire retardant material.

·        Base plates or weighted bases to screening posts must not extend outside the licensed area.

·        All screens, posts and bases must be demountable.

·        Screens must be sufficiently robust to prevent overturning in adverse weather conditions.

·        No advertising apart from the name of the premises to be used on the screens, without the permission of Offaly County Council.


All relevant Planning Permission must be in place prior to completing an application.

What is the maximum grant?

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.

What is the closing date?

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 8th 2021.

More info  The Outdoor Seating and Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business Scheme is being administered through Local Authorities. The Local Authority has the right to use their discretion in regard to the process and the development of appropriate terms and conditions that are appropriate for their respective streetscapes, businesses etc.

If you have any further queries on this scheme please email;

Apply online here