Local regulation: practice and strategy

Guidance and information for local authorities.

Supporting compliance

Effective local regulation depends upon the professionals involved. The regular review of their development needs is essential, as the nature of their roles, and the legislation they enforce, change over time. The work to provide a common approach to competency for regulators is a collaborative project led by Regulatory Delivery. It is closely linked with the relevant qualifications frameworks and supported by the main players in the regulatory landscape, giving transparency and confidence to all. Its features are:

  • the Regulators’ Development Needs Analysis (RDNA) self-assessment tool, with technical knowledge sections specific to areas of regulation
  • their underpinning core competencies for all regulators
  • the Guidance for Regulators – Information Point (GRIP)
  • a development process for regulators and managers

The RDNA self-assessment tool is an interactive website that enables regulators to identify and prioritise their development needs, while the GRIP is a portal website that directs them to relevant online resources to help them meet these needs.

One principle of the common approach to competency for regulators is that there is a set of core competencies relevant to all regulators, regardless of the level and specific nature of their work. An underlying aim is to encourage and equip regulators to make greater use of their professional judgment and discretion, to maximise business compliance in a way that is best suited to the particular circumstances.

RDNA website

GRIP website

Core competencies

Competency project overview

In a separate initiative, but with a potential bearing on professional development, we are also involved with Better Business for All (BBfA). This brings together businesses and regulators to identify the issues facing local businesses and shape the provision of effective support services to them. We support the development of these local partnerships and manage a toolkit of resources for them, drawing on good practice.

Business regulation: Better Business for All

Checking compliance

Developed with business and regulators, this code of practice covering products and services for which statutory age restrictions are in place is a non-statutory approach to improving associated compliance and enforcement activities. It is applicable in England and Wales and primarily aimed at local authorities.

Code of practice: age restricted products and services

Planning your activities

The 5 priority regulatory outcomes for England and the 4 national enforcement priorities for Wales were both published following formal consultations. Our associated guidance for English and Welsh local authorities respectively concerns their application.

Priority regulatory outcomes for England

National enforcement priorities for Wales


Our outcomes and impacts toolkit provides regulatory services with a detailed process for developing good indicators to assess the results of their operations and displaying the information gathered in a way that aids understanding.

Local regulation: outcomes and impacts toolkit summary


Further materials concerned with local regulation are available for reference in the following collection.

Local regulation: other resources