Trading standards, environmental health and licensing teams work hard to support local businesses by helping to explain complex legislation and cut through the red tape associated with regulation.

Their work is fundamental to creating a level playing field in which responsible businesses can flourish and local communities remain protected from rogues.

Councils take a risk-based approach to working with industry, which ensures that resource is focused on working with higher risk activities and non-compliant businesses.

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Media releases and news

Community safety

Safety messages should be displayed on e-cigarette chargers after surge in blazes, say fire authorities

15 November 2014

Graphic safety messages should be displayed on all e-cigarette chargers say fire authorities, after shock new statistics show a surge in fires connected to the devices.

Community safety

Taxi lobbying victory

23 October 2014

With a coalition of law enforcers, children's charities, personal safety organisations and taxi drivers supporting the LGA's lobbying, Government had no choice but to scrap plans to let anyone drive minicabs when the vehicles are 'off duty', writes Cllr Ann Lucas.

Community safety

Government scraps plans to relax taxi licensing rules

15 October 2014

Read the comments of Councillor Ann Lucas OBE, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, on the Government's decision to scrap relaxation of taxi rules.

Community safety

Vulnerable children at risk from taxi licensing reforms

25 September 2014

Plans to relax taxi laws could put children at greater risk of sexual exploitation, councils are warning.


Toxic fake cigarettes filled with asbestos and excrement seized by councils

23 August 2014

Millions of illegal cigarettes filled with dead flies, human excrement and abnormally-high levels of cancer-causing chemicals are being taken off the streets by councils cracking down on the black market trade.

Briefings, responses and articles

Local authority work to tackle illicit alcohol

The LGA is involved in a joint industry-government Alcohol Anti-fraud taskforce, which is exploring how to drive greater intervention against businesses and individuals that are selling non-UK duty paid alcohol through licensed premises.

LGA response: Consultation on data sharing for non-economic regulators

Data sharing is an issue of concern for councils in a number of different areas. The LGA welcomes this opportunity to comment on how to tackle this challenge.


LGA briefing for Westminster Hall debate on reform of private hire vehicles

The LGA position ahead of this debate on 29 April 2014.

Locally-set licensing fees consultation: LGA response

The LGA has expressed concern about the complexity of proposals in the Home Office's consultation on localising fees under the Licensing Act.


Advice for licensees showing World Cup 2014 games

The guidance is intended as a template for pubs, local authorities and police to work together to ensure that the World Cup is a successful and enjoyable occasion.

LGA Response: Consultation on changes to entertainment licensing

LGA Response: Consultation on changes to entertainment licensing

Taking action on alcohol

Councils up and down the country have been taking action as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

Personal Alcohol Licences consultation – LGA response

The LGA has submitted its response to the Home Office consultation on the abolition of personal licence fees.

Locally set licence fees: LGA consultation on guidance

Councils are facing increased scrutiny with regards licensing particularly in relation to fees. The LGA is consulting on guidance to help councils understand the issues to be considered when setting local licence fees.

Regulatory Services training module for councillors

An online resource for councillors explaining how councils' regulatory services can be used to support and meet the needs of local businesses and residents.


‘Open for business' – a vision for local regulation

The LGA has launched a ‘Vision for local regulation' which aims to recognise and build on the contribution local trading standards, environmental health and licensing teams can make to economic growth and job creation.

Regulation board papers

The Safer and Stronger Communities Board has responsibility for Local Government Association (LGA) activity in the promotion of the health and safety of local communities. Regulation and licensing are a regular feature in the agenda of the quarterly board meetings which can be found here. Below are the latest papers.

Update on regulatory service issues March 2014 (PDF, 4 pages, 176KB)

Discussion groups on Knowledge Hub


The LGA supports exchange of knowledge through confidential discussion groups:


Animal Health and Welfare

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