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Cyprus Business Permits - Beach Facilities, Boats And Watersports

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Information on permits for facilities, boats and watersports on Cyprus beaches

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Provision of Public Beach Facilities (Boats and other types of Water Sports)
    
Description

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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:

is at least 21 years old;

possess a Clear Criminal Record Certificate;

holds a diploma of first aid;

holds a lifeguard diploma;

is not responsible for a sea accident that took place in the last three years;

has three years work experience in the provision of public beach facilities;

the motor boats and vessels are registered with the Department of Merchant Shipping;

holds a licence for operating a high speed boat.

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.

Application Procedure

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:

copy of Identity Card or Birth Certificate;

original Clear Criminal Record Certificate;

copy of Diploma for First Aid recognized by the Cyprus Government or the appropriate authority of the member state of establishment;

copy of lifeguard diploma;

copy of Police Certificate confirming that the applicant or his/her employee is not responsible for a sea accident for the last three years;

original certificate of three years' work experience in the provision of public beach facilities;

copy of Certificate of Registration of the motor boats and vessels by the Department of Merchant Shipping;

copy of licence for operating a high speed boat.

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. Source PSC

Last Updated 13 December 2016

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