Horeca - authorisation to set up a terrace, stall or stand in a public space

No one may occupy the public domain or any place accessible to the public (public passageway on private land, gallery, shopping centre,...) by setting up a terrace (annual or seasonal), a stall or a stand without prior authorisation.


For an annual or seasonal terrace: only hotel and catering establishments, as defined in the regulations on the operation of a hotel and catering establishment, located on the territory of the City of Brussels.

For a stall: retail (see regulation for categories).

For a stand: any business or venue.

How to apply?

Occupation of public space (stall and stand)

  • Online via the External site form
  • By appointment, at the counter of the Administrative Centre of the City of Brussels, to be made:
    • online
    • by calling 02 279 22 60

Basic terrace

More info?

By e-mail: horeca@brucity.be

Required documents

Basic terrace:

  • hotel and catering conformity certificate (for a hotel and catering establishment)
  • for a fixed terrace (decked, protected or enclosed) or one with a surface area of more than 50 m², a request for planning permission may be required.


See annex 1 of the regulation on the occupation of a public space for the installation of a terrace, stall or stand.


Terrace regulation (PDF, 1.24 MB) (in French)