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Changes in Response to Covid-19

The Government has confirmed its intention to relax planning rules to allow for pubs and restaurants to operate a takeaway for a temporary period as part of the coronavirus response.

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The measures will apply to hot food and drinks. Serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws. Please check that your premises licence allows you to do this. If serving hot food and drink between 23:00hrs and 5:00am you will need a premises licence that permits late night refreshment.

The government will introduce a time limited permitted development right to allow the temporary change of use of a pub (A4 - drinking establishment) or a restaurant (A3 – restaurants and cafes) to a hot-food take away for a period of up to 12 months only.

Businesses are required to tell the local planning authority when the new use begins and ends. Should you wish to operate as a hot-food takeaway for a limited period please notify us by email to planning@stalbans.gov.uk

When reporting via email, please provide the following information:

  • Business Name and Address
  • Key Contact Information for Business Operator including email address and contact number
  • First date Hot Food Takeaway Began

Your details will be held by the Planning Department for the purposes of ensuring compliance with planning law.

Please see privacy notice. This information may also be shared with the Council’s Licensing Department to ensure compliance with this legislation also. We will confirm acknowledgement of your notification by email. This will advise you of the expiry date for the takeaway operation. You will be contacted again around the time of the expiry date to remind you of the need to end this activity unless an application for a permanent change of use is received.