Risk indicators of violation of mandatory requirements are a new enforcement and inspection tool in Russian legislation. Risk indicators were introduced in the legal field in 2016. Their practical application began only in 2018. The use of risk indicators began in business and financial management. In the field of inspection and supervisory activities, there is still no established practice for their use. In addition, no methodological documents were adopted that could assist the inspection authorities in applying risk indicators. The public administration science also lacks comprehensive work on the analysis of proper use of risk indicators. To eliminate these gaps, the authors analyzed legal acts on the use of risk indicators, studied the practice of using risk indicators and prepared proposals for improving approaches to their development in the future.