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

LGA response to Fire Minister's announcement on mandatory smoke alarms

10 March 2015

Cllr Jeremy Hilton, Chair of the LGA's Fire Services Management Committee responds to Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt's announcement that regulations requiring all private sector landlords to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will be laid before this Parliament ends.


LGA responds to Government decision to reject locally-set licensing fees

27 February 2015

Read Cllr Ann Lucas OBE, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, on the Government's decision to reject locally-set licensing fees.

Community safety

Metal thefts down by a third

21 February 2015

Metal thefts have fallen by a third in the past year, as councils lead efforts to combat unscrupulous thieves targeting churches, desecrating war memorials and causing disruption by stealing electric cables and metal from railway lines.

Community safety

Sex offender checks on taxi drivers hampered by new restrictions, councils warn

3 February 2015

Vital efforts to protect children from criminals hiding behind their position as taxi drivers to commit sex offences are being hampered by new restrictions on crucial background checks, councils warn.


Councils forced to spend millions topping up drinks industry

15 January 2015

Three million potholes could have been filled or 28 million meals on wheels provided with the millions of pounds councils have been forced to spend topping up the drinks industry over the past decade.

Briefings, responses and articles

LGA guidance on the implications of Hemming licence fees judgement

The Supreme Court has announced its verdict in the Hemming v Westminster case.

LGA submission to review of use of communications data and interception powers

The LGA has submitted evidence to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's review of the use of communications data and interception powers, relating to councils' use of communications data.

Community safety

LGA briefing: Fixed Odds Betting Terminals - 23 March 2015

Download and read the LGA's briefing and response to the recent series of measures introduced aimed at addressing concerns about betting shop clustering and fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Gambling and betting shops

Under the Gambling Act 2005, councils are responsible for licensing and overseeing local gambling establishments. The LGA is in the process of revising its 2010 councillor handbook on gambling, which will be available shortly after the election.

LGA / CQC / HSE memorandum of understanding

The LGA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) relating to the enforcement of health and safety law.

LGA briefing: Deregulation Bill, Taxi and PHV clauses

LGA briefing: Deregulation Bill, Taxi and PHV clauses

Regulatory services officer of the future research

The LGA has published the findings of a short piece of research considering the regulatory services officers of the future.

LGA response to Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice consultation

The LGA has set out its concerns with the proposed Community and Ancillary Sellers Notices, reflecting those raised by many council members.

Reducing the Strength schemes: Guidance for councils considering setting up a scheme

'Reducing the Strength' refers to initiatives designed to tackle the problems associated with street drinking by removing from sale low price high-strength alcohol products through voluntary agreements with local retailers.

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.


Gambling and betting shops

Under the Gambling Act 2005, councils are responsible for licensing and overseeing local gambling establishments. Read more here

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


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