Primary Authority scheme

Primary Authority gives businesses the right to form a statutory partnership with one local authority, which then provides robust and reliable advice for other councils to take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

Primary Authority gives businesses the confidence to expand and grow, knowing that the regulatory advice they receive is binding on other local authorities.


Any business, charity or other organisation that is regulated by two or more local authorities may be eligible.

More detailed information about the Primary Authority Scheme (external link).

How to contact us

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a Primary Authority agreement with Wigan complete the online business enquiry form.

Alternatively ring the Better Business Manager on 01942 489346.

Primary Authority Agreement

Businesses that have an agreement in place will:

  • Be assigned an officer to build up a contractual relationship with your business
  • Receive consistent reliable professional regulatory guidance given by an officer who understands your operation
  • Receive assured compliance advice that has to be acknowledged by other councils.
  • Have the opportunity to have a national inspection plan drawn up and published, giving guidelines to other councils to avoid unnecessary checks and tests.

We will also liaise with other councils to ensure that inspection and enforcement action reflects the advice given.

The agreement is renewable annually.


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