In order to use any building, premises, tent, or place :
(a) for any theatrical, dancing, or cinematographic performance;
(b) as a restaurant, tavern, snack bar, cafeteria, pizzeria or any other similar purpose where food and beverages are served, with an area that exceeds 50 square meters and;
(c) as a music and dance establishment, discotheque, cabaret, pub, bar or for any other enterntainment-related purpose, with an area that exceeds 50 square meters;
where the public is admitted or for any other gathering in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a licence by the Municipal or Community Council, within the boundaries of which the activity will take place.
In case that, the pursuing of the specific activity relates to the compliance with requirements provisioned by different legislation of the Republic of Cyprus, the licence is obtained provided that the local Municipal or Community Council is satisfied that those criteria are met, such as:
The Municipal Council may require additional conditions provided that those are defined and published prior the submission of the application form.
On site inspections are carried out, by authorised inspectors of the Municipality/Community Council, in cooperation with authorised inspectors of other related departments, in order to ensure that all the prerequisites are met.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the licence fee, of the amount and method of payment determined by the Municipal or Community Council, according to the duration of the licence.
Indicatively, the licence fee in a Community does not exceed €85,43 for only one performance, €170,86 for a period of one week, and € 341.72 for a period of one month.
The license is provided for one performance or for a duration not exceeding one year. The licence is renewed by following the same procedure as described above.
Obligations and Supervision
Licensed persons to use a building, premise, a tent, or any other area, as described above, are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Municipalities Law of 1985 (article 112-117) or the Communities Law of 1999 (article 93-97), and relevant regulations, as periodically amended, as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence set by the Municipal or Community Council.
Authorized inspectors of the local Municipality or Community Council and authorised inspectors of related departments may, at any time, enter the premises, for which the licence has been issued, in order to ensure the premises are suitable and safe for public use. The Municipality or Community Council may impose any special conditions or measures to be undertaken that may be deemed necessary for the public safety.