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Forms and regulation

Forms and regulation

Latest developments

Forms and licences
To complete a form or apply for a licence, please go to our Forms and licences pages. Please note: the guidance given is not intended to provide a full legal interpretation of the relevant law. It is up to each individual business to check how the detailed legislation will apply to them in practice.

Better regulation
Defra is committed to improving the way we regulate and delivering a better service to our customers. 

Impact assessment
Impact assessment is an essential tool used throughout the policy making process. Impact assessments are designed to set out in a structured way all options and the cost and benefit information of each option for all policy proposals. They must consider the effect on climate change and carbon reduction and, where necessary, they must also consider issues such as competition, health, legal aid and race equality.  New arrangements for IAs are expected to be introduced from May 2007.

Annual Statement of forthcoming legislation

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Budget Report on 16 March 2005 that, by April 2006, the Government would extend the use of Common Commencement Dates (CCDs) for new regulations that will have an effect on business. 

Under the CCD initiative, and except as detailed below, regulation bearing on business will be commenced only on either 6 April or 1 October.  By reducing to two dates on which new regulation may be commenced, it is hoped that increased awareness by business of new or changed obligations will result in improved compliance levels.

In July 2008, Defra published its Statement of forthcoming legislation.  This latest statement identifies when new regulations impacting businesses and the public at large will take effect during 2009.  The Annual Statement is part of a cross Whitehall initiative to give businesses more certainty and allow them to plan for changes to regulatory requirements.


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