The time it takes from you send in the application until you get the decision:

  • 4 weeks from January to March.
  • 2 weeks from April to December.


In Copenhagen there are good opportunities for using the urban space as a serving area. However, it is important that this happens with respect for both neighbours and other users of the urban space, and in some places conditions are such that outdoor seating is not possible.

It is important that we help each other making a nice overall impression of the city, that we make sure the streets are passable and show consideration for the residents. Therefore we have some rules and guidelines that must be observed.

The City of Copenhagen emphasize that you consider:

  • Traffic
  • Wheel chairs
  • Prams and pushchairs
  • The visually impaired
  • Parking of bicycles
  • The architecture of the area
  • The social and architectural distinctiveness
  • The neighbours
  • Noise
  • Closing hours
  • That it is easy keep the city clean, clear snow, etc.

Before you put anything out, you have to apply for outdoor seating, and the outdoor seating is first legal once you have the permit from the City of Copenhagen. The City of Copenhagen has to approve furnishing and umbrellas.

There are set rules for the appearance of these items.

A copy of the permit and a drawing must be available in the restaurant and should be presented to inspectors.

Opening hours

There are certain rules for how long and when you are allowed to have outdoor seating.

  • You can put up furnishing like tables, chairs, umbrellas and approved items from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • However, in the Metropol zone, which is the area from Axeltorv along Vesterbrogade to Rådhuspladsen, and in the Nyhavn area until 2 a.m.
  • Outside opening hours and within 30 minutes of outdoor serving closing, your umbrellas should be closed, and all furnishing should be removed, put together or stacked, so it to takes up a minimum of space and cannot be used.
  • Even if you have permission for extended opening hours for your restaurant, this does not apply for outdoor seating.
  • Your furnishing should be positioned every day between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. regardless of the weather. If you do not put out your furnishing, it should be stored somewhere else than in the public area. Over the year you have to adjust the number of tables and chairs for outdoor serving, so it fits with the number of actual customers.

Advertising signs

You have to apply for and pay for putting up signs. If you want to put up any signs related to your outdoor seating, you can apply on ‘erhvervsportalen' (the business portal) (in Danish).

In areas with a lot of city life you cannot get permission for more than two advertising signs at each outdoor serving. The signs should be placed next to the front of the restaurant, and they should be within the serving area.

At ’Strøget’ (this includes Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Østergade, Frederiksborggade 1 - 11 and 4 - 14, Købmagergade, Kultorvet) special conditions apply, and it is not allowed to put up signs.

See more at Do I need permission to put up signs and product displays? 


Contact the department Byliv if you have questions

E-mail: Byliv@tmf.kk.dk
Phone: +45 33 66 33 04