Brno city centre’s outdoor seating regulations most strict in the region
Having a few tables and chairs outside of a restaurant or cafe – how much of a problem could this be? The rules for opening an area outside of a restaurant or pub’s main property in the centre of Brno are the most strict in South Moravia. Photo: Casadei Graphics
Brno, May 10 (BD) – The Methodology of Heritage Department of Brno focuses on the aesthetic and historical consistency of the city centre. They limit the use of marketing materials such as logos, banners, and even larger menu blackboards. Other requirements include unobstructed thoroughfares and tactile paving to assist visually impaired pedestrians.
A seven-page document describes in detail the regulations. For example, restaurant gardens (outdoor areas) in the city centre cannot be covered by a solid structure to protect visitors from the sun, and their perimeters cannot be enclosed by any type of material or wall.
In the centre of Brno, which is considered a ‘protected historical monument area’, owners pay CZK 4 per square metre per day for cafe and beer gardens without a deck, and CZK 6 for a garden with a deck, Brno local online news Brněnská drbna reported on Tuesday, May 9.
These fees apply for the period from March to the end of November, while in the winter the price is lower. Restaurant gardens in the city centre can stay open until midnight, while gardens outside the centre must close by 10pm, added Brněnská drbna.
Map: The protected historical monument area of Brno. Source: Brno-střed
Restaurant owners say that the small gardens are important for their clients who are smokers. From May 31, 2017, smokers have no longer been allowed to light up their cigarettes in enclosed spaces.
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