A road opening license is required for excavations on public roads or footpaths within Cork City. Cork City Council applies the T license system detailed in the national "DTTAS Guidelines for Managing Openings in Public Roads". Fees and charges are detailed in Directions for the Management and Control of Roadworks in Cork City. Licenses are applied for through the Maproad Licensing (MRL) software.
The application process for the following required licenses is detailed within the following sections of Cork City Council Directions for the Management and Control of Roadworks in Cork City:
Any works that impact on the movement of traffic or pedestrians will require the approval of Cork City Council and in many cases the approval of An Garda Síochána prior to the work commencing.
For any works, events, etc that:
a) Require Traffic Management to be implemented but do not require a road closure , attendance at the weekly Tuesday traffic meeting is essential to discuss the proposed works. A Chapter 8 compliant Traffic Management Plan must be submitted to Cork City Council prior to commencement of the works
b) Require a road closure attendance at the weekly Tuesday Traffic meeting is essential to discuss the proposed works. An application for a road closure must be made a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of the proposed closure.
The placement of furniture on the street, especially pedestrianised streets, fronting restaurants and public houses can enhance the ambience and atmosphere of the streetscape of a modern European City like Cork. It can enable businesses to improve services to their customers, and generate additional revenues. However, responsibilities to road users must not be forgotten. Control is necessary to ensure that unnecessary restriction is not caused, that access for emergency services such as the Fire Brigade and Ambulance is not impeded and that hazards are not posed to pedestrians from any type of obstruction, spillage or overturning. To enable necessary controls to be implemented, Cork City Council has now put in place a licensing system for the placement of tables and chairs on city streets.
Please see related files for the form required.
Where it is proposed to locate a Hoarding/Scaffolding on a public road a Work Method Statement / Traffic
Management Plan, which includes the following, must be submitted:
A non refundable Application Fee of €150 must accompany each application.
Please Note: Application for a licence must be submitted a minimum of 14 days prior to the proposed commencement of works.
Where it is proposed to place a Mobile Crane/Hoist on or near a roadway a Work Method Statement / Traffic Management Plan, which includes the following, must be submitted:
A non-refundable Application Fee of €110 must accompany each application.
For more information on the road opening licence procedure, please read the Road Opening Licence Guide