Food hygiene and safety

Primary authority

Primary Authority is where a business can form a legal partnership with a local authority who will deal with regulatory compliance issues.

Primary Authority was established by the Regulatory and Enforcement Sanctions Act 2008.

Guidance notes for businesses

Any business, charity or other organisation that satisfies the criteria can join the scheme. A business must either:

  • be regulated by two or more local authorities for relevant functions; or
  • have arrangements in place to share an approach to compliance with at least one other business, provided that the businesses are collectively regulated by more than one local authority for relevant function.

Relevant function could be for example, fair trading, food safety, health & safety or age restricted sales etc.

The scheme doesn't allow Primary Authorities to make a profit from these partnerships so the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) audits all partnerships.

If you would like further information on developing a partnership with us please contact [email protected]