What is it?

Primary Authority is a national scheme that enables businesses to form a statutory partnership with one local authority. The authority then provides robust and reliable advice for other local authorities when carrying out inspections or addressing non-compliance. These agreements can cover a wide variety of topics including food safety, health and safety, licensing, trading standards, fire safety and other areas of environmental health.

Why have a partnership?

  • The business will save money and effort by getting assured advice directly, which will reduce future costs caused by preventable issues or mistakes. This also could potentially reduce your business’ insurance premiums.
  • The business can decide what level of support it requires to fit their business activity – for example, a home-based imports/exports business may want a different kind of involvement to a high street restaurant chain.
  • It can reduce duplication of effort, and ensure issues are dealt with promptly.  

Who can apply?

Any business, charity or other organisation may be eligible. From the 1st October 2017, the Enterprise Act 2016 came into force – this means that Primary Authority is open to any size of business, and can be applied to new or starting up businesses.

This extension of Primary Authority will give every business and every person who wants to start a business access to reliable, tailored regulatory advice.

How to apply

For inquiries on partnerships (including costs), please contact us using the following details:

Email: public_protection@bathnes.gov.uk 

Phone: 01225 477508

For more information on the scheme, please visit the Gov.uk page Primary Authority: a guide for businesses.


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