Business Activities Regulated by Local Authorities

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: October 2014
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing regulations concerning a wide variety of business activities. Local authority structures vary across the UK, and include county, district, borough and city councils. Business owners should consult their own local authority for specific advice and guidance, as local rules and responsibilities may differ from area to area.

This factsheet outlines the main activities that are regulated by local authorities and explains how they impact on business owners. Activities and regulatory functions include planning and building control, licensing of private rented accommodation, licensing for specific business activities, alcohol and entertainment licensing, gambling licences and permits, food hygiene and safety, trading standards, health and safety, pollution prevention and control, commercial waste disposal, employing children under school leaving age, and business rates.

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