Primary authority partnerships

Primary Authority Partnership allows businesses to be involved in their own regulation.

It provides businesses, trade associations and similar bodies the opportunity to form a legally binding agreement with a single local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice that other councils must take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

The Local Authority Partner can block any proposed enforcement action in circumstances where the partner business/association is operating in accordance with any published Primary Authority Advice. These agreements can cover a range of regulatory activities undertaken by Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Fire Authorities.

Applicable activities covered by Wakefield Council include health and safety, food safety, Pollution Prevention and Control, Housing Health and Safety Rating System.


The benefits to business include, reduced duplication at inspections, targeting of resources to areas of greatest risk and improved consistency of regulation. It also recognises good practice and the commitment of businesses that are striving to improve compliance.

For Local Authorities it presents an opportunity to work constructively with businesses to improve compliance across Local Authority boundaries and permits targeting of resources to areas of greatest risk both locally and nationally.


The business, trade association or similar body can decide what level of support is required, and the resourcing of partnerships is a matter for the parties concerned. A primary authority can recover its costs.

For an informal discussion contact us.

Further information

Visit the Primary Authority scheme or email or call 0121 345 1200.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506