In order to place on the beach and rent, or exploit, boats and other types of water sports items and equipment in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a licence for the provision of public beach facilities (boats and other types of water sports exploitation on the beach) by the Municipal or Community Council, within the boundaries of which the beach is located.
Based on The Foreshore Protection Law (cap 59), the term “provision of public beach facilities” refers to the placement on the beach of boats and other water sports items and equipments, for rental or other form of exploitation, including the usage or placement in the sea vessels, or any other items or facilities in order to conduct any type of water sports or entertainment. Moreover, the term “beach” includes the area within 100 yards from the maximum tide level as determined by the Minister of Interior.
When a public procurement is published by the local Municipal or Community Council, every natural or legal person is eligible to submit an offer for obtaining a license for providing public beach facilities, provided that the following conditions are met:
Moreover, 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 local Municipal or Community Council assesses the fulfilment of those requirements.
The local Municipal or Community Council publishes a public procurement notice for licensing the provision of public beach facilities. Interested parties submit their tender documents to the relevant Municipal Council or Community Council.
The tender documents should be accompanied, among others, by the following documents:
A fee may be applicable in accordance with the public procurement notice for the obtainment of the tender documents.
On-site inspections are carried out, by authorised inspectors of the Municipal/Community Council in order to supervise and approve the facilities and equipment.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within three months from the date that the tender documents and supporting documents were duly submitted. The licence’s rights/fee depends on the tender of the successful tenderer. The licence is renewed by following the same procedure as described above.
Obligations and Supervision
Licensed persons to provide public beach facilities, are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Foreshore Protection Law (cap 59), 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 Municipal or Community Council may, at any time, inspect the beach, for which the licence has been issued, in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence.