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Trading Standards business advice

Get Trading Standards approved

If your business has been operating for a minimum of 6 months and you are committed to good customer service, then through the Buy with Confidence scheme, you can become Trading Standards approved.

Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses

We run a business advice line where our advice is free:

  • providing information and guidance on legislation which affects your business

  • advising you on how to comply with the law and best practice for running your business

  • helping you find realistic solutions to your business problems

Contact Dorset Trading Standards

Online resources

Business Companion provides information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation.

You can also find in-depth guides about what, where and how you sell products and services, including selling age restricted products.

Our partners SWERCOTS Ltd. offer comprehensive training materials through an online subscription-only package.

Licences and registrations

All licences offered by the council can be found in our licences, permits and registrations section.
Including:

Our charges

We charge for some of our services, schemes and licences. Please see our current Trading Standards fees.

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