COVID-19: licensing, trading standards and environmental health

Information and guidance related to licensing, trading standards and environmental health.


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Licensing 

LGA guidance and support

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) Regulations 2020: Enforcement advice for local authorities

This note provides guidance on the interpretation of the key issues within The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (referred to as ‘the regulations’) and in particular the Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ restrictions. New tiered restrictions come into effect on Wednesday 2 December and are due to be in place until 2 February 2021.

Licensing of outdoor drinking and dining - updated guidance note

This licensing of outdoor drinking and dining guidance note sets out the immediate first steps for councils to consider now that the Business and Planning Act has come into force. The guidance also outlines some wider reopening issues for councils and business to consider.  

An example application form is also available

Approaches to managing licensing and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic 

This publication provides a summary of issues councils’ licensing teams and others have raised with the LGA, outlining how these could be managed based on a set of key principles and examples of what councils have already advised us they are doing in response.

Approaches to the use of screens in private hire vehicles (PHVs) and taxis during the COVID-19 pandemic

A note signposting councils to relevant general guidance, as well sharing approaches taken by authorities which have taken a position on the use of screens. Read and download 'Approaches to the use of screens in private hire vehicles (PHVs) and taxis'. 

COVID-19: outdoor events guidance

There has been some uncertainty about the extent to which outdoor events are currently permitted to take place. This note brings together relevant guidance on outdoor events and provides an overview of the current position.

Mobile caterers and street trading

The LGA has been approached by the National Caterers Association (NCASS) asking for councils to take a flexible approach regarding the operation of mobile caterers, many of whom fall outside the scope of various business support schemes established by the Government.

LGA Remote Council Meetings Hub 

Our Remote Council Meetings Hub is a central pool of information, advice and guidance from our partners across the sector. 

Official Government information

GOV.UK – Tier 4: stay at home

GOV.UK – alcohol licensing: guidance on temporary new off-sales permissions

Trading standards

General information

GOV.UK –  guidance and compliance advice for those businesses and other venues asked to close as part of further social distancing measures

National Trading Standards: Knowledge Hub Group

Friends Against Scams: Online awareness course

Other useful information

Off-sales

Environmental Health

General information

GOV.UK – regulatory position statements from the Environment Agency

GOV.UK – protecting groundwater when developing or expanding cemeteries during coronavirus

 

Local authority COVID-19 compliance and enforcement good practice framework, December 2020

Councils across the country have been adapting existing compliance and enforcement practices and systems for these new circumstances. This document produced by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) aims to capture some of the Covid-19-specific compliance and enforcement learning and make it more easily available to all authorities.

Approaches to managing licensing and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic

A summary of issues councils’ licensing teams and others have raised with the LGA and outlines how these could be managed based on a set of key principles and examples of what councils have already advised us they are doing in response.

COVID-19: mobile caterers and street trading

The LGA has been approached by the National Caterers Association asking for councils to take a flexible approach regarding the operation of mobile caterers, many of whom fall outside the scope of various business support schemes established by the Government.

COVID-19: outdoor events guidance

This guidance was originally developed in August following uncertainty about the extent to which outdoor events, particularly large events, were permitted to take place, with both councils and business organisations raising this issue with the LGA. At that stage, it was clear that there were concerns among some councils at the prospect of large events being organised in their areas. With COVID infection rates having worsened significantly since the summer, these concerns are still in place. This guidance was last updated on 7 October 2020.