Derry could soon follow the lead of major European cities with new rules allowing cafes and restaurants to have tables outside.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said that new legislation will be introduced soon to allow local councils to promote street cafes.
The legislation would also cares, restaurants and bars to apply to have tables and chairs on footpaths outside their premises for customers.
The Minister said; “Well designed, sensibly located pavement cafés can add value to the street scene, boost visitor numbers and contribute to the economic and general well-being of local communities. “However, arrangements must be put in place to ensure the controlled expansion of street cafes which is why I am introducing a statutory licensing scheme. The statutory scheme will enable district councils to licence suitable premises, impose conditions, vary, suspend or revoke a licence and charge a reasonable fee.”