Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

Guidance for food businesses

We understand that food businesses may look to change their business model and diversify in order to maintain their business during this time.

If there are any significant changes to your business, you should contact us and tell us about the changes.

This includes services like click and collect, delivery and significant changes in how you prepare your food. For example, cooking, chilling and selling the product.

By telling us about any changes to your business, it means we can support you to operate your business in a safe way.

If your business is now looking to provide takeaway deliveries, you must be registered as a food business with us.

You can visit the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for advice about how to manage a food business if you sell products online, for takeaway or for delivery. 

If you are considering reopening your business, you can view a check list on the FSA website for guidance on how to reopen your business safely. You should use the checklist to ensure that your kitchen is clean and ready, and your food is safe.

You can read coronavirus guidance for businesses on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) website. 

The government has also issued some guidance to employees and businesses on coronavirus. You can view this on the GOV.UK website.

Parking dispensation for food delivery services

We can issue two dispensations to park within Chelmsford, to any food delivery services. 

The dispensations will not be vehicle specific, so you don't need to provide any vehicle registrations. The permits will be valid three months and we will then review them after this period.

To apply for a permit, you will need to tell us:

  • your business name and address
  • a description of the business
  • a contact telephone number, name and an email address

You need to then email your request to 

We will email dispensations to the company for you to print off and place on/in the vehicle.

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Last updated: 03 November 2020

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