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