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

Government backs LGA licensing reforms in Autumn Statement

3 December 2014

Cllr Ann Lucas, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: "It is pleasing that the Government has recognised the LGA's call for reform of our outdated licensing system by proposing a single online application process."

Community safety

LGA responds to call for food hygiene ratings display to become law

20 January 2014

Read Cllr Nick Worth, Local Government Association regulation spokesman on calls to display food hygiene ratings.


A boundless appreciation of the unlimited potential of their town centres

4 September 2012

The LGA is holding a ‘Managing the night-time economy' conference to bring together some of the most distinctive ways in which councils have been working to boost or maintain their high streets. Find out how your council can create areas that attract residents, businesses and visitors alike. Book your place today.

Briefings, responses and articles

LGA response to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003

In addition to giving oral evidence, the LGA has provided written evidence to the House of Lords enquiry into the effectiveness of the Licensing Act 2003.

Licensing Act 2003 Fees Survey Results

The Licensing Act 2003 has had fixed national fees since it was introduced – set by central government. The LGA has consistently argued that there is a shortfall between fee income and the costs incurred by councils in administering the 2003 Act, and believes that fees should be set locally.

LGA trading standards review: discussion paper

As part of its trading standards review, the LGA has published a short discussion paper in advance of a workshop of the review stakeholder group.

Rewiring Licensing: the state of our online offer

The LGA has conducted a survey on council usage of online licensing application forms, encompassing both in-house and GOV.UK approaches. The survey has captured key barriers and opportunities to an improved online licensing offer.

LGA response to Gambling Commission consultation on revised guidance to licensing authorities.

The LGA has responded to the Gambling Commission's consultation on its revised guidance to licensing authorities.

Model Enforcement Guidance – plastic bag charging

Defra has produced model enforcement guidance for councils to use in relation to the new plastic bag charges.

Psychoactive Substances Bill

The Psychoactive Substances Bill receives its Second Reading (Lords) on 9 June 2015 and amendments on 23 June.

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

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

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).

Taxi and PHV licensing - Councillor's handbook (England and Wales)

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) are vital to our communities; whether it's the iconic black cab in our cities or the flexible minicab in a rural district. As elected members, we are responsible for ensuring the public travel safely and receive a good level of service, and that our systems attract good, reputable drivers.


Gambling and betting shops

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

Discussion groups on Knowledge Hub


The LGA supports exchange of knowledge through confidential discussion groups:


Animal Health and Welfare

Food Hygiene

Food Standards and Labelling

Health and Safety

Improving Air Quality

Industrial Pollution Control

Managing Regulatory Services

Trading Standards