Primary Authority Changes

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There will be a lot to talk about this year with the simplification of the scheme on October 1st, transition arrangements for partnerships and the new PA Register.

This is very much the end of one era and the start of another in which Primary Authority will be available to help potentially any business in the UK, and provide a mechanism that local authorities can adapt to service their local needs and shape their communities.

Places are limited, so this year's seminar will be aimed chiefly at local authorities but there will be an opportunity to bring business guests.

We're formulating a packed agenda now, and it will include plenty of opportunity to put questions to the people behind the scheme, and to get insights in to new ways it might be used.

Important Primary Authority Publications

An important milestone has now been reached towards a step change in the delivery of local regulation through Primary Authority, with the publication of the following:

RD is working closely with primary authorities, coordinators and other stakeholders in the run-up to October 1st to ensure everyone is prepared for the upcoming changes to Primary Authority and is able to transition smoothly.

Factsheets on what you need to do

The RD team is currently contacting all primary authorities and coordinators to discuss the changes to Primary Authority and what they need to do to ensure their partnerships are ready for October 1st. RD has created bespoke factsheets to explain why the changes are needed and what individuals need to do.

Primary Authority changes: guide for primary authorities
Primary Authority changes: guide for businesses
Primary Authority changes: guide for coordinators

 Transition Issues

  • From now and until October 1st we are unable to accept new Primary Authority partnership applications.
  • From now and until October 1st, please do not upload any documents - and that includes Primary Authority Advice - to the current PA Register as they will not be brought over to the new version. Users can continue to make enquiries, enforcement notifications, information referrals etc.
  • Please note that as part of the transition process, partners will need to accept the revised Terms and Conditions.

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Help shape the new Primary Authority Register

We are looking for volunteers from Local Authorities, Trade Associations and Businesses to help test our new Primary Authority Register.

Your response will help make the register more user friendly in the future.  If you would like to take part, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register your interest and our team will get back to you with further details.

Primary Authority in Wales

Policy areas which are devolved to the Welsh Government include food, agriculture, animal health, environment and public health. From 1st October businesses which trade in both England and Wales, that wish to benefit from Primary Authority in both nations for legislation relevant to the devolved policy areas, will need to partner with an English and a Welsh primary authority.

Regulatory Delivery wishes to encourage English and Welsh primary authorities to work together to provide a joined up service to their partner businesses. Details of Welsh primary authorities which are interested in working with English primary authorities are available here