COVID-19: Changes to our Licensing services

Everyone has a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Licence holders, including taxi and private hire car drivers, are reminded to follow Government advice including advice on isolation if you have symptoms.

Protective measures for taxis and private hire vehicles

See government guidance on how to work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, please see the governments guidance on what to do next.

Department for Transport information

The Department for Transport strongly suggest if you have not already, that you sign-up to the COVID-19 update service to receive emails when information changes on GOV.UK about COVID-19.

Assistance for businesses

The government have introduced a full range of business support measures that are available to UK businesses. More information on the measures is available at - financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Reopening of restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Government Guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways.

Automatic entitlement for temporary off sales

The Business and Planning Act 2020 has been issued granting premises licences, which are licenced for the sale of alcohol, a temporary entitlement to provide off sales of alcohol. The permission is only given to businesses with premises licences, so organisations with club premises certificates are not covered by the provisions in the Act. Organisations with club premises certificates that do not permit off-sales, will need to seek permission to do so from the licensing authority. In addition, a premises licence that only permits on-sales will be excluded if, within the three years preceding on day 22 July 2020:

  • a premises licence application was made for a licensed premises and permission for off-sales was refused
  • a licence variation seeking permission for off-sales was refused
  • a licence variation seeking to exclude the off-sales permission was accepted
  • the premises licence was varied or modified on review to exclude off-sales

If you are making use of the new temporary permission for off-sales, a section 172F statement must be prominently displayed at the premises alongside the summary of your premises licence. The premises licence holder can either prepare their own statement or use the licensing teams template 172F statement (PDF, 74kb).

Failure to comply with these requirements without reasonable excuse is an offence.

The permission will lapse on 30 September 2022, unless the temporary period is extended by regulations made by the Secretary of State or is otherwise suspended, removed or varied.

For more information see Alcohol licensing: guidance on new temporary off-sales permissions.

Page last reviewed: 01 April 2022