Retailers of all sizes will be able to offer click-and-collect services from April 15, when the rules around planning permission will be relaxed.
Shops currently have to apply for permission to install click-and-collect lockers, but the government has announced plans to scrap this requirement as part of its efforts to help the high street.
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said: “Far from threatening the high street, online shopping offers a new opportunity. How we shop is changing radically and I want to help our high streets thrive from online competition. Today’s measures will mean even more retailers can offer click-and-collect services, encouraging shoppers to visit their businesses and pick up their purchases at a time that suits them.
“It’s just one of a range of measures we’re taking to boost the Great British high street, encourage shoppers to the town centre and get shops to grow and thrive.”