Last updated:
26 June 2017

Primary Authority Partnerships (PAPS)

If you are a business based in West Sussex, and trade outside of the county, get the advice you need in one place.

1 What are PAPs

Primary Authority is a statutory scheme that offers businesses operating across council boundaries the opportunity to receive advice from one local authority (their primary authority). Qualifying businesses can enter into a legally recognised partnership with Trading Standards to receive an agreed package of advice and support. 

Under the Primary Authority Partnership scheme, West Sussex Trading Standards can give advice on a range of subjects including (but not restricted to) food safety, fair trading, product safety and metrology (weights and measures).

Other local authorities must then consult with the primary authority if any problems arise when the business trades outside of the primary authority area.

A copy of the Primary Authority handbook can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

2 Benefits of PAPs

  • Assured advice – advice given by your primary authority is nationally binding and other local authorities are required to take this into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.
  • Reduced costs - PAPs can reduce costs by providing certainty to your business.
  • Simplified regulatory process – allows you to work with a single local authority.
  • Reduced risk of non-compliance.

3 Find out more

If your business is based in West Sussex and you trade outside the county then you may eligible for a ‘direct partnership’. If your business is not regulated by two or more local authorities you may be eligible for a 'co-ordinated partnership'. Many of these are already established and operating around the country. 

West Sussex Trading Standards charge an hourly fee for providing Primary Authority advice. If you are interested in a partnership contact us and we can advise on the hourly cost and provide a tailored estimate, dependant on the nature of your business and the support you are looking for.

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