COVID-19: housing, planning and homelessness

Information and guidance related to housing, planning and homelessness including temporary accommodation.

We are working as fast as we can to update this page with useful information for you. Please follow @LGAHousing for the latest updates and keep checking back.


Government information

GOV.UK – guidance for the safe use of council buildings

GOV.UK – guidance for landlords, tenants, and local authorities in the context of COVID-19

GOV.UK – government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – advice on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – new guidance for social landlords on essential moves

GOV.UK – letter to social housing residents from the Minister of Housing

GOV.UK – Regulator of Social Housing statements on coronavirus

GOV.UK – letter from Minister Luke Hall to caravan and park home owners

GOV.UK – Joint pledge to continue vital building safety work during pandemic

GOV.UK – Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance

GOV.UK charter for safe working practice - COVID-19 (a Charter, co-produced by the government and the Home Building Federation, committing signatories to safe working whilst COVID-19 remains prevalent).

GOV.UK - Electrical safety standards in the private rented sector: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities


Gas Safe Register – advice for landlords

Specialist housing / supported accommodation

Housing Learning and Improvement Network

The Housing LIN has been working with the LGA on the Housing Advisors Programme on supporting authorities on their housing strategies and plans for older people and vulnerable people centred around their pre-COVID-19 report, Housing our Ageing Population: Learning from councils meeting the housing needs of our ageing population.

With regard to COVID-19, their Coronavirus Info Hub is split into 3 sections. The first contains practice briefings and top tips for commissioners and operators of specialist and supported housing on COVID-19. The second section signposts to relevant government guidance for local authorities and housing providers on home, housing and homelessness, and related care and support and NHS and public health guidance. And the third section on wider housing and care sector resources on tackling the pandemic. For more information and support, email [email protected]


LGA guidance and support

Planning Advisory Service: coronavirus

Government information

GOV.UK – construction working hours: draft guidance

GOV.UK – Planning Inspectorate guidance on site visits, hearings, inquiries and events

Government and industry guidance on construction and planning

GOV.UK – COVID-19: letter to the construction sector

GOV.UK – Planning inspectorate coronavirus update

GOV.UK – Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Construction contracts (pdf, 6 April 2020)

GOV.UK – The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Coronavirus) (England) (Amendment) Order 2020

GOV.UK – Planning Inspectorate casework continues as first pilot digital hearing to take place in May

GOV.UK – pledge to ensure necessary building safety can continue

GOV.UK – COVID-19: planning update

GOV.UK – Community Infrastructure Levy guidance

Homelessness and rough sleeping

LGA guidance and support

Lessons learnt from councils' response to rough sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic

Adult safeguarding and homelessness: a briefing on positive practice

Local Partnerships and LGA – local authority briefing: housing people who were rough sleeping and those at risk who have been accommodated due to COVID-19 (pdf, June 2020)

Government information

GOV.UK advice for accommodation providers

GOV.UK – guidance for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping

GOV.UK – letter from Luke Hall MP regarding the use of hotels for people who are homeless

GOV.UK – Dame Louise Casey to spearhead government taskforce on rough sleeping during the pandemic

Operational advice for alcohol, drugs and nicotine in emergency accommodation for people experiencing rough sleeping (pdf, 19 May 2020)

Local Partnerships Local Authority Briefing: housing people who were rough sleeping and those at risk who have been accommodated due to COVID-19 (3 June 2020)


Crisis – How are local authority homelessness services responding to COVID-19?

Pathway Healthcare for homeless people – COVID-19: clinical homeless sector plan

Centre for Homelessness Impact - Housing Costs Calculator

Domestic abuse safe accommodation

Government information

GOV.UK – guidance for domestic abuse safe accommodation provision

GOV.UK – domestic abuse safe accommodation: COVID-19 emergency support fund


Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance – Guidance for housing providers during COVID-19

Other useful information

Construction Leadership Council: Site operating procedures during COVID-19