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Regulations Support

At an initial glance, regulations can seem very complex. With so many different regulations and organisations dealing with them, it can be hard to know where to go for help. We’ve put together this simple and straightforward guide to show you all the regulatory help that’s out there and what business support you may be eligible to access.

You will learn

  • The main legal requirements you have as a business owner
  • How your local Council can support you
01

Planning

Why might you need this service?

Many types of building work will require planning permission – such as relocation, new build, conversion or expansion of your business resulting in extension to buildings or sites. It can also apply if you are wanting to use your premises for more and different activities.

Some other examples may include the change of use of land or putting up adverts to promote your business.

How can Councils help your business?

It is recommended that you contact your Local Council planning service before you submit a planning application to build, extend or convert a property to suit the needs of your business.

Pre-application advice can help identify any problems with your scheme before plans are submitted and may be able to give an indication of the likely outcome of your planning application.

The planning rules do vary from area to area so it is important you contact the council where your premises is located.

What do they offer?

  • Advice on whether a planning application is necessary
  • Checks on the permitted use of a premises
  • Assistance in finding if existing planning permissions have conditions attached to them which may restrict their use
  • Advice when you are considering new builds, extensions to existing buildings or changes of use of land or buildings which typically would require planning permission
  • Information to help businesses negotiate the planning process
  • Consultation on planning applications with other statutory or non-statutory bodies
  • Help with planning problems

Gov.uk (search appeal a planning decision)

The Gov.uk website includes lots of useful guides for business owners, including tips on handling planning permission. If you want information on how to appeal against a planning decision, search 'appeal a planning decision' on the homepage and click the first link. This will take you through the process of appealing. 

08th February 2018

Business planning permission

Many types of building work will require planning permission – such as relocation, new build, conversion or expansion of your business resulting in extension to buildings or site. It can also apply …

26th January 2018

02

Trading Standards

Why might you need this service?

It is very important for your business that you stay legal and compliant with trading standards legislation, otherwise you could face criminal or civil legal action.

Trading Standards legislation protects the customer, but it is also useful to remember that compliance and a good understanding of your responsibilities and rights under the legislation will also help to protect your business. Compliance can also enhance your reputation as a business that has the interests of its customers at its heart.

How can Councils help your business?

Trading standards can seem a complex area and consequently it is highly advisable that you contact the service for help. The trading standards service provides advice for businesses and is responsible for enforcing laws covering the safety, descriptions and pricing of products and services. Their aim is “safeguarding consumers, supporting legitimate trade”.

What do they offer?

  • Comprehensive advice
  • Published guidance to advise businesses on a variety of topics
  • Specialist trader advice
  • Advice to businesses on the Consumer Rights
  • Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses

Business Companion

Business Companion provides information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation.

08th February 2018

Trading Standards law

Trading Standards law protects the customer, but it is also useful to remember that compliance and a good understanding of your responsibilities and rights under the legislation will also help to as …

16th January 2018

03

Protection from Pollution

Why might you need this service?

Many business activities are carefully regulated to ensure they do not cause short or long term damage to the environment. To stop you from falling foul of the law, councils and the Envionment Agency regulate such activities.

Businesses who act in a socially and environmentally responsible way have found that this can positively affect profitability and the long term success of their business.

How can Councils help your business?

Much of the guidance and advice you need to ensure that your business is compliant with environmental regulations is specialist. It is advisable to seek advice from your local authority, the environment agency or your water provider to ensure you know fully what it is you need to do to be compliant.

Councils can help you comply with relevant legal requirements and support you in the development of good working practices. They provide advice and information which is particularly suitable if you are starting a business or thinking of moving your business to different premises or area. Officers are available to support your business in complying with a wide range of environmental protection and pollution control legislation including - contaminated land, noise, industrial pollution, private water supplies and air quality management.

What do they offer?

  • Environmental Protection officers are available to support your business in complying with the relevant legislation relating to pollution control
  • They can advise on measures you can take to control such activities
  • They are statutory consultants for planning and licensing applications
  • They can advise on energy savings
  • Issue authorisations and permits for certain industrial processes.

Note: for pollution control in a watercourse you should contact the Environment Agency.

 

 

Business pollution

Many business activities are carefully regulated to ensure they do not cause short or long term damage to the environment. To stop you from falling foul of the law, councils and the Envionment such …

23rd January 2018

04

Commercial Waste

Why might you need this service?

Disposing of rubbish costs your business money and wastes natural resources. It is estimated that waste typically costs companies around four per cent of their annual turnover and is increasing. Once a substance or object has become waste, it will remain waste until it has been fully recovered and no longer poses a potential threat to the environment or human health. As a business owner you have a legal responsibility to ensure that you produce, store, transport and dispose of your business waste in accordance with the law and meet your duty of care.

It is advisable to either contact the environment agency or the local authority where your business is located.

How can councils help your business?

They can give clarity on the definitions of waste and guidance on safe storage and options available for managing your waste.

What do they offer?

Most councils provide a chargeable waste collection service for businesses at competitive prices, providing both a sack and container service

Potentially help you to save money

Provide advice on reducing, reusing or recycling your waste

Advice on recovering energy from waste

Commercial waste

Disposing of rubbish costs your business money and wastes natural resources. It is estimated that waste typically costs companies around four per cent of their annual turnover and is increasing. a a …

19th January 2018

05

Nuisance

Why might you need this service?

If you cause or fail to deal with a nuisance problem created by the operation of your business then you could face legal action and a fine. The local authority could also restrict or stop your business activities.

Nuisance is any action or neglect which interferes with peoples use and enjoyment of land or property or could have a negative effect on health. There are 2 types of nuisance, common law and statutory nuisance. Examples of common law nuisance which businesses need to consider may include excessive noise, excessive artificial light, vermin, litter, dust and smoke.

Statutory nuisance is regulated through other council services or agencies e.g. noise from licenced premises.

How can Councils help your business?

Your council can give advice on nuisance control matters, there are a number of requirements which need to be considered when running a business. They can help you identify which is relevant to your business and where to get appropriate information. This is particularly suitable if you are starting a business or thinking of moving your business to different premises. They can help you identify and comply with relevant legal requirements and support you in the development of good working practices. They provide advice, information and some authorities where appropriate may carry out advisory visits (there may be a charge for these).

What do they offer?

  • Environmental Protection officers are available to support your business in complying with common law and statutory nuisance caused by noise, odour, dust, smoke and other nuisance
  • They can provide information and guidance on whether any activities which you wish to carry out may cause a statutory nuisance
  • They can advise on measures you can take to control these activities
  • They have statutory consultees for planning and licensing applications

Nuisance Problems

Nuisance is any action or neglect which interferes with peoples use and enjoyment of land or property or could have a negative effect on health. There are 2 types of nuisance, common law and of law …

17th January 2018

06

Food Safety

Why might you need this service?

If you are intending to produce, store or sell food and drink, in almost all cases you will need to register your food business with your council at least 28 days before starting trading. There is no charge for registration.

Food safety is normally regulated by your council, although in some cases it may be by the Food Standards Agency.You will also need to ensure that you and your staff have appropriate food hygiene training before you start running your business.

How can Councils help your business?

Councils have a team of experienced food safety officers that give help and advice, in addition to carrying out inspections of your food business to ensure the food you are producing is safe to eat.

Following a food safety inspection they will rate your business in accordance with “The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme” to show how well you are complying with food safety law. They also investigate complaints about food, food businesses and food poisoning cases notified by local doctors.

What do they offer?

  • Advice and information on food safety law
  • Where appropriate, advisory visits to your business premises (there may be a charge for this)
  • Help in compliance with the law and support in the development of good practice
  • Help in developing a robust food safety management system
  • Advice on food hygiene training requirements

Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for food safety and food hygiene across the UK. It works with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations.

08th February 2018

07

Fire Safety

Why might you need this service?

You have a responsibility for fire safety if you’re an employer, self employed with premises, responsible for buildings with public access, or are a contractor who exercises a degree of control over premises.

If that’s you, then you have a legal duty to ensure the safety of those using the premises or in the immediate vicinity who may be at risk should a fire occur.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005 covers virtually every type of building, structure and open space with the exception of private homes and individual flats in a block or house.

How can the Fire and Rescue Service help your business?

The Fire & Rescue Service is committed to working in partnership to deliver a fully integrated protection, prevention, and intervention service that reduces the risk to the community from fire and other emergencies.

What do they offer?

Advice, information and support for employers and owners of business premises, including multiple-occupation flats and houses

Information on the legal responsibilities to ensure the safety of employees and the public in these premises

Fire Safety inspections

Guidance on conducting a fire risk assessment

Fire safety in the workplace

If that’s you, then you have a legal duty to ensure the safety of those using the premises or in the immediate vicinity who may be at risk should a fire occur. The Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) a …

16th January 2018

08

Health and Safety

Why might you need this service?

In general, health and safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. Health and safety laws are there to protect you, your employees and the public from workplace dangers. The legislation may seem daunting, however specialist guidance and advice is freely available and often it is only simple steps that are necessary to ensure compliance. The approach you take should be proportionate to the size of your business and the nature of your business activity. For most small, low-risk businesses the steps you need to take are straightforward.

Compliance with health and safety legislation is not only necessary, it will protect your business and help keep costs down to enhance the productivity and reputation of your business.

What help is out there?

Good practice in health and safety is good for your business – and it’s the law. Councils can give advice on what you need to know about health and safety, the development of good practice and assist you in complying with relevant legal requirements. There are a number of health and safety requirements which need to be considered when running a business.

 

Councils can help you identify which legal requirements are relevant to your business and where to get appropriate information. They cover premises such as shops, offices, hairdressers, cinemas, hotels, leisure activities, warehouses, tyre and exhaust centres, and consumer services, e.g. launderettes, churches, banks, beauty parlours, residential care homes.

What do they offer?

  • General help and advice on health and safety and training
  • Discussion on your health and safety concerns
  • Signposting to relevant guidance advice
  • What documentation and records you may need to keep
  • Site visits if necessary (there may be a charge for these)

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness. It acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.

08th February 2018

Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)

The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) set standards and support, develop and connect businesses with resources, guidance, events and training. 

08th February 2018

What are the legal business health and safety requirements for my business?

If you are running a small businesses the thought of business health and safety requirements may be a bit daunting, but don’t be put off it is not as complicated as you think. Workplace protection a …

13th December 2017

Health and safety business advice

In general, business health and safety laws apply to everyone. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for your business health and safety. Health and safety laws are there to …

24th January 2018

09

Licensing

Why might you need this service?

A number of licensing requirements may need to be considered when running a business.

Councils are responsible for dealing with the licensing, registration and regulation of a wide range of activities, premises and vehicles. Some of these are required by law nationally, but there are sometimes also local requirements which may affect your business. It is important to know whether your business activity requires a licence or registration so that you can stay legal.

What can licensors do for you?

If you are unsure whether your business activity requires a licence or registration, you should contact the council in which your business is located (the people you pay your business rates or council tax to).

Local authorities can help you identify what might be relevant to your business and where to get appropriate information. They can also offer you guidance on completing and submitting your licence/registration application and complying with relevant legal requirements.

What do they offer?

  • Guidance when completing and submitting applications
  • Help with identifying which forms you might need and advice on how to complete them
  • Advice on which other agencies you may need to consult to get a licence
  • Checks on safety issues and potential public nuisance issues
  • Help with identifying the relevant legal requirements

Getting your business license

Councils are responsible for dealing with the licensing, registration and regulation of a wide range of activities, premises and vehicles. Some of these are required by law nationally, but there are …

26th January 2018

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Your Local Authority

For further information, you should contact your local authority. They can help guide you through a range of regulatory issues and their websites will include useful tips and steps to overcome red tape. Use the links below to head to the homepage for your specific authority - you'll find further details on each of the above topics by searching on their website.

City of York Council

If you're based in the city of York, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Harrogate Borough Council

If you're based in Harrogate borough, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Craven District Council

If you're based in Craven District, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Selby District Council

If you're based in Selby district, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Ryedale District Council

If you're based in Ryedale district, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Richmondshire District Council

If you're based in Richmondshire district, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Scarborough Borough Council

If you're based in Scarborough borough, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

If you're based in East Riding, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018

Hambleton District Council

If you're based in Hambleton district, you'll find further support here for regulations. 

08th February 2018