Coronavirus information for licensing

This information was last checked on 21 April 2020. 

Premises licences

New legislation has been published called the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. This legislation requires that certain businesses be closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, restricts movements and provides enforcement powers to the local authority and Police to close businesses who are required to be shut during this time. To protect public health, and to ensure a level playing field for business, we will investigate concerns received about businesses not complying with the legislation and government advice and take enforcement action where required.

During this difficult time for businesses, employees and residents, the Environmental Health & Licensing Service is prioritising support and advice for business and customers. If your business needs advice regarding food safety, health and safety, licensing or Covid-19 precautions in the workplace, please get in touch with the team on 03450450063 or env.health@scambs.gov.uk / licensing@scambs.gov.uk.

The Government website provides businesses with lots of useful information regarding protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support, how to clean workplaces safely, etc. This information may be of use during these challenging times.

We are aware that many food businesses have re-purposed their operations to provide take-away food due to the requirement for certain businesses to close. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) have produced some practical advice for businesses offering food delivery and takeaway, covering topics including allergens, driver pick-ups/drop-offs, safe food procedures, etc. 

If you are a business which is now focusing on takeaway food operations, and you would like to supply alcohol, please ensure that your Premises Licence states ‘off-sales” or ‘both’ under the section that reads “Where the licence authorises the supply of alcohol, whether these are on and/or off supplies”. This is usually found on the second page of the licence summary (Part B) or page two of Part A. When delivering alcohol always ensure ID checks are carried out and that alcohol is not given to anyone under the age of 18. 

Read the latest Government guidance.

Taxi Licence Update 

We have made some changes to the way we process applications for taxi driver, vehicle and operator licences, while the offices are closed to visitors.

Drivers

Driver Renewal Applications

Taxi Driver Licence renewal application form

All driver renewal applications have been postponed

If you are due to renew your licence, please complete the online application form above. No further documentation is necessary at this stage. You will then be issued with a temporary licence, valid for three-months without prejudice and at no extra charge.

This will be valid from the expiry date of your old licence, as long as your renewal application is received before the expiry date. Your temporary licence will be sent to you via email so please ensure that we have your up-to-date details. We will look to re-schedule your renewal appointment as soon as it is possible to do so.

If you have already undertaken your medical check, this will be honoured at your future appointment. However, we understand that medical practitioners are likely to be very busy dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic for the foreseeable future and we appreciate that it may not be possible for you to get an appointment for your medical examination. Please be reassured that we will make allowances for this. We will keep you updated with further information in due course.

New Driver Applications

All new driver application appointments have been cancelled.

We will contact you in due course to arrange another date. If you have already undertaken your medical check, this will be honoured at your future appointment.

Vehicles

Vehicle Renewal Applications

Vehicle Licence application form

All vehicle renewal applications will be postponed.

If you are due to renew your licence please complete the application form by following the above link. No further documentation is necessary at this stage and you will be issued with a temporary licence, valid for three-months, without prejudice and at no extra charge.

This will be valid from the expiry date of your old licence, providing that the renewal application is received before the expiry date.

You must ensure that your vehicle is maintained to a good standard and is legal and roadworthy.

We will not be supplying you with a vehicle plate and understand that this will show as expired on your vehicle. Please keep a copy of this letter with your temporary licence at all times.

New Vehicle Application 

New vehicle applications have been cancelled.

Operators

Operator Renewals

Apply for an operator licence

No further documentation is necessary at this stage.

New Operator Application 

No new applications will be processed until further notice.

Competency Test and Taxi Proficiency & Safeguarding Workshop

All appointments for Private Hire Driver Competency Tests and Taxi Proficiency workshops at South Cambridgeshire District Council have been cancelled.

Once we receive further guidance, we will re-schedule your appointments for a later date.

Requests for Internal Vehicle Notices/Door Signs

Requests for internal vehicle notices and door signs will not be processed until further notice.

If you are challenged by members of the public regarding these changes, please refer them to this page for clarification.

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