Special extensions to bar terraces to remain in place throughout 2021

Special extensions to bar and restaurant terraces are to remain in place until 31 December 2021. The goal is to boost support for an essential sector in the reactivation of the city’s economy and social cohesion in the neighbourhoods. The team handling the 4,878 applications so far received has been quadrupled to streamline the procedure.

06/07/2020 17:33 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Twenty per cent of applications to extend terraces have already been resolved:

  • Applications being processed: 3,604
  • Resolved: 689
  • Authorised: 444
  • Refused: 245

A team of 72 people are handling the applications, with all requests expected to have been resolved by the first fortnight in August.

A total of 25,000 square metres won back from cars

Some 60% of applications are for terraces on road surfaces. According to estimates based on the number of authorised requests, some 25,000 square metres of public space so far used by cars and motorcycles will be transformed into social space for bars and restaurants.

Eighty different measures have been taken to condition public space for the installation of tables and chairs. This work will continue as more permits are issued.

What can establishments ask for?

Extensions to terraces or a new licence for up to four tables on pavements or six on road surfaces.

  • Extensions and new permits can be applied for via the municipal procedures website.
  • A specific website has also been set up to provide information and respond to queries, along with a support line operated by Barcelona Activa: 900 533 175.


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