Primary authority partnership scheme

Primary Authority Partnerships are a statutory scheme under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 (as amended) for businesses that trade in more than one local authority (primary) area. A list of our current partners can be found on the Primary Authority Register.

Since October 2013 the Primary Authority Partnership Scheme allows trade associations to form co-ordinated partnerships with local authorites on behalf of their members.

Under the scheme local authorities can recover costs for providing businesses with reliable regulatory advice. This will reduce administrative burdens of regulation and protection from enforcement actions where inconsistent advice is provided.

The Primary Authority Partnership Scheme allows a local authority to provide the fullest range of support to businesses. Examples of services which we can provide under the Primary Authority Partnership Scheme are:

  • to review policy and procedues to make sure legal compliance
  • risk based inspections plans
  • comprehensive business advice
  • complaints and referrals from other local authority areas
  • co-ordinated advice to trade association members
  • labelling compliance. 

If you would like to discuss forming a Primary Authority Partnership with us please call: 01753 475111 (Enforcement & Regulatory option) or email

More details on Primary Authority Partnerships are on the Government website.