Complying with Provision of Services Regulations for businesses and Competent Authorities

Guidance for service providers and Competent Authorities explaining how the Provision of Services Regulations operate.



This guidance will help businesses to understand what steps they need to take to provide services within the UK. This guidance is also aimed at those bodies who set rules or requirements which service providers have to comply with, and those who are involved in authorising service providers.

The Provision of Services Regulations protect UK businesses and consumer rights by ensuring that the regulation of service activity is proportionate and justified in the public interest.

Licence finder

If you wish to provide a service in the UK, you must check what authorisations and licences you will need to obtain. Businesses can search online for licences using the Licence finder.


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Published 24 December 2020