Local regulation: Primary Authority
Guidance and information on the scheme.
Primary Authority began in April 2009. It enables businesses to form a statutory partnership with one local authority or fire and rescue authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other local regulators to follow when carrying out inspections or addressing non-compliance. Agreements can cover broad or specific areas of environmental health, fire safety, licensing and trading standards legislation. The aim is to ensure that local regulation is consistent at a national level and sufficiently flexible to address local circumstances.
Regulatory Delivery exercises the statutory responsibility for the operation of Primary Authority on behalf of the Secretary of State, nominating partnerships, issuing guidance and resolving determinations. We manage the online, interactive Primary Authority Register. It gives easy access to details on every registered partnership and allows primary authorities to make key information on business risks and systems readily available to local regulators preparing to visit premises.
All resources for Primary Authority are provided on the Primary Authority Register, but a few of them are also available on this website.