COVID-19: licensing, trading standards and environmental health

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

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LGA guidance and support

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

Trading standards

General information

GOV.UK – Fraud control in emergency management: COVID-19 UK guide

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

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.


Environmental Health

General information

GOV.UK – regulatory position statements from the Environment Agency

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

Chartered institute of environmental health – legionnaires' disease: lockdown risks and reopening safely (pdf, 20 May 2020)