The codes of practice for leased and tenanted pubs were originally published in July 2016 by the Independent Family Brewers of Britain (IFBB) in conjunction with the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and other companies representing the sector with between 0 and 499 tied pubs in England and Wales. They were updated in April 2022 and there is a separate code for Tenanted and Leased pubs.
There is also a Code of Practice for Scotland covering all pubs of companies who are signatories.
All lessees and tenants covered by the code will continue to enjoy the same low-cost arbitration services for rents (PIRRS) and other disputes (PICAS) overseen by the Pub Governing Body (PGB). The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) will continue to administer the service on behalf of the PGB.
As a requirement of IFBB and BBPA membership, all member companies will be covered by the codes. In addition, separately Trust Inns have signed up to the codes and talks are taking place with other companies that are not members of either of the two leading organisations.
The PGB surveys all signatory companies on an annual basis to monitor compliance.