The government has stated that all pubs, restaurants and cafes should no longer be open to consume on-site. However, under new planning law they can provide takeaway food.

The new law allows these types of premises to provide prepared hot or cold food. This is for collection or delivery, to be eaten 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 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
  • proof of the previous use of the premises
  • details of how you propose to run the business. These include the parts of the building/land to be used and the proposed hours of running
  • date you propose to start and end the take-away business. The government has allowed such use until 23 March 2021.

The new law allows businesses to run in this way until the 23 February 2022. 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 to carry on using the premises as a takeaway, well in advance of 23 February 2022.

If you are not currently operating as a lawful pub, restaurant or café, you cannot use this change. You must apply for planning permission as usual. As well as this, there may be conditions attached to previous planning permissions. These may either restrict or stop you using these rights.

Read the full Statutory Instrument that set up the new Permitted Development Right.