Slough moves into covid tier 2

The change will come into force at 00:01 Saturday 24 October. Find out more details about Slough going into tier 2 and what it means.

Please go to our coronavirus pages for the latest guidance, how services are affected, and what help is available.

Coronavirus and licensing

Changes to our Licensing services

Advice and guidance for current licence holders and new applicants on changes to our Licensing Service.

This guidance is for current licence holders and anyone planning to apply for a new licence. It explains the changes we are making to our Licensing Services to help minimise the disruption caused to licence holders by COVID-19.

Everyone has a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Licence holders, including taxi and private hire car drivers, are reminded to follow the latest Government advice including advice on isolation if you have symptoms.

1. General Guidelines on Changes to the our Licensing service

1.1 Face to Face Appointments

Face-face appointments now at Britwell via appointment only.

1.2 Committees Meetings

All planned Licensing Committee and Licensing Sub-Committee meetings have been postponed. If you are scheduled to attend a future meeting please do not attend.

You will be contacted directly about alternative arrangements - where possible decisions may be taken without the need for a meeting and you will be notified of the procedure being put in place.

1.3 Submitting Applications

We are asking customers to only submit essential applications or paperwork. Your applications and copies of associated documents should be sent electronically to the following email address: licensing@slough.gov.uk
You can find copies of some applications and relevant guidance on our licensing pages or on the gov.uk alcohol licensing page.

Your application should be signed. Any necessary documentation should accompany the application. If you do not have scanned/electronic copies of documents you can provide photographs. Images of documents must be clear and legible.

Once we receive your application we will review it and contact you to arrange payment.

2. General Guidance for Existing Licence Holders

2.1 Your Licence is Due to Expire

All licenses due to expire on or before 31 May 2020 will automatically be extended by a period of 3 months. You will be licensed to continue to trade over the extended period subject to Government guidance on COVID-19.

Current Expiry Date Extended Expiry Date
31 March 2020 30 June 2020
30 April 2020 31 July 2020
31 May 2020 31 August 2020
Applications for renewal of a licence (other than taxi or private hire) will not be accepted until June 2020 at the earliest. We will continue to review this position and may apply a further extension to licenses if necessary. The guidance will continue to be updated.
3. Guidance for Taxi and Private Hire Car/Driver Licence Holders
3.1 All relevant information and guidance for taxi and private hire licensing can be found at:
https://www.slough.gov.uk/business/licences-and-permits/taxi-licences.aspx
If you are applying for a taxi or private hire car drivers licence we will also contact you with specific instructions on providing your right to work documentation.
Please be aware that new taxi and private hire driver applications may take some time to review and process. You should expect most applications to take the timescale of 9-12 months to process.
If you plan to submit a renewal application please read our guidance for existing licence holders with the covering renewal reminder letter.
Where necessary we will accept electronic copies or photographs of necessary documentation, etc which can be sent to:
licensing@slough.gov.uk
4. Guidance for Alcohol Licence Holders
4.1 In accordance with the Secretary of States Section 182 Guidance for the Licensing Act 2003 (published April 2018) we will continue to accept electronic applications made under the 2003 Act.
These applications will be processed in accordance with the statutory time periods as laid down in the “2003 Act” and any associated regulations.
All applications must be sent to:
licensing@slough.gov.uk
5. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) (England) Regulations 2020.
5.1 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020, providing coronavirus closure powers have been published by the Government and came into force immediately from 2pm on Saturday 21 March 2020.
The regulations were made under Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.They provide a criminal sanction (unlimited fine) and enforcement powers to ensure the closure of bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms, museums, spas, massage parlours, bingo, concert halls, casinos, betting shops, indoor skating rinks and swimming pools and leisure centres. Exclusions include food and drink take-aways, cafes in hospitals, schools, prisons, supplies to homeless, hotel room-service (see regs for full details).A person designated by Secretary of State may take such action as is necessary to enforce closure. (Await clarification of who is a designated person).
To access the Regulations and ‘Designation Letter’ please go to the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-and-other-venues-subject-to-further-social-distancing-measures
6. Relaxation for Planning – Pubs and Restaurants
6.1 The Government is introducing measures to help the hospitality industry during the coronavirus outbreak, the Communities Secretary has confirmed that planning regulations will temporarily be relaxed to allow all pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways of hot food and drinks to serve people staying at home.
Currently, a planning application for change of use class is required to convert pubs and restaurants to hot food takeaways. Under the emergency measures the government will allow a temporary change of use without an application. This time limited permitted development right will last for 12 months.
The government will introduce the measures as soon as possible through secondary legislation.
Operators are reminded however that the sale of hot food and hot drink between 11:00pm and 05:00am will still require authorisation for late night refreshment under licensing law.
Furthermore, the measures only relate to takeaways of hot food and non-alcoholic drinks. Premises licence holders should check their licence conditions and ensure that they are permitted to sell off sales of alcohol before offering takeaways or deliveries of alcohol.
7. Further Guidance
7.1 We will continue to update this guidance as necessary. If you have an urgent specific query you can contact us on the email address already provided. Due to the anticipated volume of enquiries please be aware that it may take some time to respond.

2. General Guidance for Existing Licence Holders

2.1 Your Licence is Due to Expire

All licenses due to expire on or before 31 May 2020 will automatically be extended by a period of 3 months. You will be licensed to continue to trade over the extended period subject to Government guidance on COVID-19.

Current Expiry Date Extended Expiry Date
31 March 2020 30 June 2020
30 April 2020 31 July 2020
31 May 2020 31 August 2020

Applications for renewal of a licence (other than taxi or private hire) will not be accepted until June 2020 at the earliest. We will continue to review this position and may apply a further extension to licenses if necessary. The guidance will continue to be updated.

3. Guidance for Taxi and Private Hire Car/Driver Licence Holders

3.1 All relevant information and guidance for taxi and private hire licensing can be found on our taxi licences page.

If you are applying for a taxi or private hire car drivers licence we will also contact you with specific instructions on providing your right to work documentation.

Please be aware that new taxi and private hire driver applications may take some time to review and process. You should expect most applications to take the timescale of 9-12 months to process.

If you plan to submit a renewal application please read our guidance for existing licence holders with the covering renewal reminder letter.

Where necessary we will accept electronic copies or photographs of necessary documentation, etc which can be sent to: licensing@slough.gov.uk.

4. Guidance for Alcohol Licence Holders

4.1 In accordance with the Secretary of States Section 182 Guidance for the Licensing Act 2003 (published April 2018) we will continue to accept electronic applications made under the 2003 Act.

These applications will be processed in accordance with the statutory time periods as laid down in the “2003 Act” and any associated regulations.

All applications must be sent to: licensing@slough.gov.uk.

5. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) (England) Regulations 2020.

5.1 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020, providing coronavirus closure powers have been published by the Government and came into force immediately from 2pm on Saturday 21 March 2020.

The regulations were made under Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.They provide a criminal sanction (unlimited fine) and enforcement powers to ensure the closure of bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms, museums, spas, massage parlours, bingo, concert halls, casinos, betting shops, indoor skating rinks and swimming pools and leisure centres. Exclusions include food and drink take-aways, cafes in hospitals, schools, prisons, supplies to homeless, hotel room-service (see regs for full details).A person designated by Secretary of State may take such action as is necessary to enforce closure. (Await clarification of who is a designated person).

For details please go to the regulations page on the gov.uk website

6. Relaxation for Planning – Pubs and Restaurants

6.1 The Government is introducing measures to help the hospitality industry during the coronavirus outbreak, the Communities Secretary has confirmed that planning regulations will temporarily be relaxed to allow all pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways of hot food and drinks to serve people staying at home.

Currently, a planning application for change of use class is required to convert pubs and restaurants to hot food takeaways. Under the emergency measures the government will allow a temporary change of use without an application. This time limited permitted development right will last for 12 months.

The government will introduce the measures as soon as possible through secondary legislation.
Operators are reminded however that the sale of hot food and hot drink between 11:00pm and 05:00am will still require authorisation for late night refreshment under licensing law.

Furthermore, the measures only relate to takeaways of hot food and non-alcoholic drinks. Premises licence holders should check their licence conditions and ensure that they are permitted to sell off sales of alcohol before offering takeaways or deliveries of alcohol.

7. Further Guidance

7.1 We will continue to update this guidance as necessary. If you have an urgent specific query you can contact us on the email address already provided. Due to the anticipated volume of enquiries please be aware that it may take some time to respond.