In order to operate a catering and entertainment establishment in the Republic of Cyprus, natural and legal persons need to obtain a licence to operate such an establishment from the Deputy Ministry of Tourism.
Catering establishments are classified into various categories depending on the nature of the services rendered to the client and are divided into Restaurants, Taverns, Cafeterias or Pizza Houses, Pubs or Bars, Music and Dance, Discotheques, Snack Bars and Cabarets. A catering establishment can be classified into one or more of the above mentioned categories.
Establishments of every category are divided into three classes (A. B. and C) depending on the nature of building, value and quality of structure, furniture, equipment, level of operation and the level of amenities and services provided.
A licence to operate a catering and entertainment establishment in the Republic of Cyprus can be granted only to natural or legal persons: