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Permits For Sunbeds And Beach Umbrellas In Cyprus

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Information on permits required for the provision of sunbeds and beach umbrellas in Cyprus

Protaras Beach                                              Photo © CyprusExpat.co.uk

Description

In order to place on the beach sun beds and umbrellas for rent in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a licence for the provision of public beach services by the Municipal or Community Council, within the boundaries of which the beach belongs to.

Based on The Foreshore Protection Law (cap 59), the term “provision of public beach services” refers to the placement, at specific spots on the beach, of sun beds and umbrellas in order to rent or provide them to bathers; whereas, the term “beach” includes the area within 100 yards from the maximum tide level as determined by the Minister of Interior.

Eligibility Criteria

Every natural or legal person is eligible to obtain the licence for the provision of public beach services, provided that the Municipal or Community Council is satisfied that the natural or legal person:

is at least 21 years old;

possess a Clear Criminal Record Certificate;

holds a diploma of first aid.

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 services. 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;

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 services, 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.

Indicatively, licensed persons are obliged to comply, among others, with the following:

sun beds and umbrellas should be placed between three to five meters from the coast line at the highest tide, in order to allow free access to the beach;

the number of sun beds and umbrellas allowed to be placed in a certain area, as well as the distance between them, is specified at the «Use of Coast Plan», in order not to cover more than 50% of the area. The «Use of Coast Plan » is signed by the President of the Central Coast line Committee, deposited at the Municipality’s or Community’s offices and published at the Official Gazette of the Republic.

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

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