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Primary Authority Partnerships

We operate a Primary Authority Partnership scheme for businesses that trade across council boundaries. This means that qualifying businesses can enter into a legally recognised partnership with us, receiving an agreed package of advice and support.

As a Primary Authority, we will provide businesses, or a group of businesses, with appropriate regulatory advice on which they can rely.

The benefits of a Primary Authority Partnership are:

  • Assured advice – the advice given by a Primary Authority is nationally binding and other councils are required to take this into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.
  • Reduced cost of compliance - Primary Authority Partnerships can reduce costs by providing certainty to your business.
  • Simplified regulatory process allowing you to work with a single local authority.
  • Reduced risk of non-compliance.
  • A single point of contact with a designated officer who gets to know you and your business.
Charging under a Primary Authority Partnership is on a cost recovery only basis. In Derbyshire the charge for 2018/19 is £65 per hour.

If you would like to find out more about forming a Primary Authority Partnership with Derbyshire Trading Standards Service, please see the leaflet attached to this page and contact us on tel: 01629 536166.

Further information about the Primary Authority scheme is available on