The government has advised that all pubs, restaurants and cafes should no longer be open for on-site consumption. However, under new planning legislation they can provide takeaway food.

The new legislation allows these types of premises to provide prepared hot or cold food. This is for collection or delivery, for consumption off the premises. This is without the need for planning permission.

But, you must tell the planning team you plan to run as a takeaway before you start the business.

Please email planning@camden.gov.uk with the subject line 'Notification of temporary use for provision of takeaway food'

Your email must include:

  • address of the site to be run as a takeaway
  • confirmation of the previous use of the premises
  • details of the proposed operation, including which parts of the building/land will be used and the proposed hours of operation
  • date you propose to start and end the take-away operation. The government has permitted such use up until 23 March 2021.

The new legislation allows businesses to run in this way until the 23 March 2021. The new use must stop before this date.

If you want to run beyond this date, you must submit a planning application. You must propose the continued use of the premises as a takeaway, well in advance of 23 March 2021.

Unfortunately, if you are not currently operating as a lawful pub, restaurant or café, you cannot take advantage of this . You will need to apply for planning permission as usual. In addition to this, there may be conditions attached to previous planning permissions, which will either restrict or prohibit your ability to benefit from these rights.

Read the full Statutory Instrument which established the new Permitted Development Right.