Food safety

Covid-19 advice for food businesses

Many of our food businesses have been forced to close or may have done so of their accord. We urge those that have remained open but should otherwise be closed, to follow the government’s direction in this respect, in order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff and the general public.  Further information on the type of food premises that are required to close and those that can remain open can be found at:

The following advice is for existing food shops and take-away/delivery food businesses that decide to remain open and for existing food businesses introducing take-away and delivery options where they have not done so before

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Our food safety officers are also available to talk through your plans and offer free advice on what procedures and practices you need to put in place, please email to be put in touch with an officer.

Rescore requests are suspended until further notice.

Temporary permission for takeaway services

The government has changed the law to enable most food service businesses to offer takeaway services from their premises on a temporary basis under permitted development rights.  This applies to businesses operating from premises which are Use Class A3, A4 or a drinking establishment with expanded food provision as defined in Class AA.    However, this is conditional on the business informing the Local Planning Authority.  If you intend to start offering these services, please notify us by email: