Community right to challenge
Community right to challenge

The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Community right to challenge
  • Purpose
  • Legislation
  • Support and advice
  • Relevant bodies
  • Relevant authorities
  • Relevant services
  • Procedure

The Community Right to Challenge (CRTC), introduced in the Localism Act 2011, came into effect in England on 27 June 2012. It does not currently apply in Wales.

The CRTC allows community organisations to submit an expression of interest (EOI) in running services of local authority and fire and rescue authorities on behalf of that authority. If the authority accepts the EOI, it must run a procurement exercise for the service. The interested group must then compete with others who wish to run the service.


The CRTC aims to give communities more opportunities to shape and run local public services where they believe they can do so differently and better. They may think they could deliver services more effectively or cheaply, make them more responsive to local needs, offer additional social value, or deliver better value for money. The services can range from small local services to authority-wide services.


The CRTC was introduced in the Localism Act 2011. The Community Right to Challenge (Expressions of Interest and Excluded Services) (England) Regulations 2012, and the Community Right to Challenge (Fire and Rescue Authorities and Rejection of Expressions of Interest) (England) Regulations 2012 set out:

  1. information required in an EOI

  2. grounds whereby an EOI may be rejected

  3. excluded services

  4. the status of certain fire and r

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