Statutory guidance

Regulators' Code

A framework for how regulators should engage with those they regulate.

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The Regulators’ Code came into statutory effect on 6 April 2014 under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006, replacing the Regulators’ Compliance Code. It provides a clear, flexible and principles-based framework for how regulators should engage with those they regulate.

Nearly all non-economic regulators, including local authorities and fire and rescue authorities, must have regard to it when developing policies and procedures that guide their regulatory activities.

Accompanying the Code above is a summary of the regulators and regulatory functions it covers, and the letter sent to all local authorities and fire and rescue authorities in England in March 2014 by Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Energy at the time, and Jane Martin, Local Government Ombudsman. This drew the complaints and appeals provisions in the Code to their attention.

Further information and links to relevant online content are provided via the Regulators’ Code page on the Guidance for Regulators – Information Point (GRIP) portal website. Regulatory Delivery creates resources to support the Code and works with organisations to support its effective implementation.

The original draft of the Code published in July 2013 (reference BIS/13/1016) was removed from this website.

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