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Christmas relaxation of retail opening hours


In early December 2020 the government announced a temporary relaxation of Monday to Saturday shop opening hours in the run up to Christmas and through until 30 January 2021.

Some retail premises in the borough will have 'planning conditions' attached to grants of planning permission which limit opening hours.  The relevant records can be found by searching under the property address on the council’s planning search page.

If you are operating a shop and wish to extend the opening hours beyond those set out in by conditions (for December 2020 and January 2021 only), please email businesscovid19@tunbridgewells.gov.uk setting out:

  • the address of the property
  • the reference number of the planning permission
  • the opening hours as required by the condition
  • the proposed opening hours

Unless you receive an email back from the council’s planning services, you will be able to open as per the proposed hours from Monday to Saturday until closing time on 30 January 2021.

This is applicable to all retail shops across the borough. There is no fee to businesses for submitting this application.

Further information about this is available on the government website.

Please also refer to our Re-opening our High Streets booklet, which was produced in June 2020 for further helpful information.