About Dorset trading standards
Learn more about our current focus, plans and enforcement.
Service objectives 2015 to 2016
The purpose of the Trading Standards service is 'to provide a fair and safe trading environment for the consumers and businesses of Dorset, through education, advice, enforcement, and partnership working.
We will achieve this through the following objectives
- Support economic growth by providing the best advice to businesses, including farmers to ensure they trade fairly and safely.
- Identify and tackle problem traders.
- Focus on the needs of vulnerable consumers to help safeguard their independence, health and well-being.
- Ensure the food chain is safe and animal livestock disease spread minimised.
Service Delivery Plan 2015 - 2016
How Trading Standards intend to provide a fair and safe trading environment for consumers and businesses. Read our Trading Standards Service Delivery Plan 2015/16 (pdf, 149kb) (opens in a new window)
Food Service Plan 2015 - 2016
How Trading Standards intend to ensure good levels of food standards and safety. Read our Food Service Plan 2015-16 (pdf, 137kb) (opens in a new window)
Animal Feed Service Plan 2015 - 2016
How Trading Standards intend to ensure good levels of animal feed standards and safety. Read our Animal Feed Plan 2015-16 (pdf, 187kb) (opens in a new window)
Age Restricted Sales: Programme Of Enforcement 2015 - 2016
How we plan to enforce laws on goods sold with age restrictions to prevent crime and protect children. Read our Age Restricted Sales Programme of Enforcement 2015-16 (pdf, 198kb) (opens in a new window)
Our Enforcement Policy sets out how the Trading Standards Service deals with non-compliance with the legislation we have a duty to enforce. Read our Enforcement Policy (pdf, 149kb) (opens in a new window)
Dorset business - what can you expect from your local Trading Standards Service
New for 2014 we have produced information that explains what you can expect from the Trading Standards Service at Dorset County Council. We are committed to providing you with an efficient, courteous and helpful service and What businesses can expect from Dorset Trading Standards (pdf, 213kb) (opens in a new window) tells you how we aim to do that and the standards we will meet.