Primary Authority Partnership

South Oxfordshire District Council strives to support businesses and would like to present you with the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with the regulatory bodies.  The Primary Authority Partnership scheme was formed under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008.  For businesses that trade across local authority boundaries and are regulated by more than one local authority, it gives them the right to form a statutory partnership with a single local authority which becomes their ‘Primary Authority’.  A partnership between a business and the regulatory departments of the council enables them to work together by providing specialist regulatory advice to the company.  With this arrangement the Local Authority will give time and expertise in gaining in-depth knowledge of your business and being able to advise other local Authorities regarding the company and their procedures.  The partnering company will receive expert advice which will be accepted across the UK regulatory bodies and provide a secure basis for investment and operational decisions.

The Scheme operates on a cost recovery basis where the business enters into a pre-agreed financial agreement with the council.

Primary authority partnerships can reduce costs by providing certainty to businesses, reducing risk and aiding compliance. Other benefits include:

  • legally-binding agreement
  • offers a single point of contact at the local authority/dedicated officer who gets to know your business
  • offers reliable and robust assured advice
  • ensures consistency of regulation across all sites
  • can help to reduce unnecessary checks and inspections for businesses
  • helps to reduce business risk
  • helps with the resolution of compliance issues
  • recognised by other local authorities
  • can prevent enforcement action being taken if advice has been followed

The council can offer such partnerships, chargeable on a cost-recovery basis, tailored to your businesses needs, providing:

Food Safety and Hygiene

Health and Safety

Pollution Control

General Licensing


We can also engage with Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards and Oxfordshire County Council Fire Service to provide you with additional services as part of the Primary Authority partnership.

A Primary Authority partnership can be set up in three easy steps:

1. Agree with the business what services are required and how much they will cost;

2. Agree to adopt the standard terms and conditions or agree to make amendments to certain particulars;


3. Fill out the application form and have it signed by both parties.

If you think your business could benefit from forming a Primary Authority partnership and would like our officers to visit you, please contact us.


Trading Standards

Fire Service

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Last reviewed: 13 - 03 - 2019

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