Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, the communities secretary has confirmed.
Currently, planning permission is required for businesses to carry out a change of use to a hot food takeaway. The government has confirmed regulations will be relaxed to enable businesses to deliver this service without a planning application for a period of up to 12 months only.
“These changes will provide vital flexibility to pubs and restaurants and will ensure people are able to safely stay at home while still supporting some of the great local businesses across this country,” says communities secretary Robert Jenrick.
The government has confirmed the relaxations to planning rules will be put in place as soon as possible. The measures will apply to hot food and drinks. Serving of alcoholic drinks will continue to be subject to existing licensing laws. That means that any prohibitions or restrictions relating to off-sales of alcohol will continue to apply.
Businesses will be required to tell the local planning authority when the new use begins and ends.