COVID-19: licensing

Information and guidance related to licensing.


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LGA guidance and support

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'. 

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

Kit Malthouse MP has written to chairs of licensing committees asking them to consider a pragmatic and flexible approach to licensing issues during the outbreak.


Other useful information

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has published a protocol designed to assist licensing authorities in complying with their obligations and duties under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Off-sales and compliance with the Coronavirus Restrictions

This information document and questions and answers has been developed by a cross sector group looking to reduce risk for licensed premises operating during the current pandemic and so ensure the safety of the public, premises staff and officers and provide clarity for all involved.