How to get a Restaurant Licence for a Pub?

Can I get a Restaurant Licence for my Pub?

An application for a restaurant certificate is made to the District Court. The District Court may certify a premises which has a pub licence as a restaurant, if it is satisfied that pub/restaurant is structurally adapted for use and bona fide and mainly used as a restaurant.

For a pub to be certified as a restaurant, it must be proven that the pub carries out a substantial restaurant trade.

How do I apply for a Restaurant Licence at present, as many of the Courts remain closed?

A restaurant certificate application for a pub can usually be made to the District Court upon 10 days notice to An Garda Síochána. As access to the Courts is currently limited, a special arrangement must be made with the Courts to have the restaurant certificate application heard. We will liaise with the Court Services to make arrangements on your behalf.

What if I have a Pub Licence and a Restaurant Licence – What affect do the Covid 19 regulations have?

Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, in order to comply with the strict concerns of the Government, pubs must adapt their restaurant model to comply with social distancing measures.

Further guidelines will be issued in the near future, which will give more specific guidance and we will update this article as soon as they are published.


Please contact Lorraine Compton or Fiona Tonge for more information: –

  • Lorraine Compton on 086 – 253 4651 or


  • Fiona Tonge on 089 – 471 4128 or    


We Can Help You To Better Understand What Business You Can Carry Out During The Covid 19 Emergency Period:

Liquor Licensing is a complex and multi faceted process. 

We pride ourselves on providing a simple, non technical road map with a speedy timeline for completion of the project.  Along the way, we will liaise directly with architects and accountants to leave you free to concentrate on your business.


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