Premises licences

This information was last checked on 28 May 2020. 

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 /

The Government website provides businesses with lots of useful information regarding protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support and how to clean workplaces safely. 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 and safe food procedures.

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.

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