6th October 2016

Primary Authority scheme

Nuturing business growth

The scheme is a government initiative to support economic growth through better local regulation. Primary Authority offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with any local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other councils to take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

The aim is to ensure that local regulation is consistent at a national level and sufficiently flexible to address local circumstances.

Through Primary Authority, local authorities and fire and rescue authorities provide businesses with robust and reliable regulatory advice. This supports growth by enabling them to invest with confidence in products, practices and procedures, knowing that there is endorsement of the resources they devote to compliance.


Primary authority facts

  • Agreements can cover broad or specific areas of environmental health, fire safety, licensing and trading standards legislation
  • The business can decide what level of support it requires, and the resourcing of partnerships is a matter for the parties concerned
  • A primary authority can recover its costs
  • On 1 June 2015, 6700 businesses were in partnerships with 153 local authorities and fire and rescue authorities

Find out more at the Primary Authority website.