The measures are the latest elements in the government’s better regulation drive to cut red tape.
Under the proposals, authorities will have to follow a statutory code of practice and adopt a risk-based approach to regulation focusing on persistent offenders and the most damaging operations. Authorities will only carry out inspections after conducting a risk assessment.
The Cabinet Office is consulting on new legislation as part of the proposed package of measures.
A draft Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill would give authorities new powers to impose fines or require businesses to halt non-compliant activities and take steps to remedy or compensate for any damage.