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About Dorset Trading Standards

Learn more about our current focus, plans and enforcement.

Service objectives

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

Trading Standards Service Delivery Plan 2017-2018 (pdf, 595kb) (opens in a new window) - how Trading Standards intend to provide a fair and safe trading environment for consumers and businesses.

Food Service Plan

Food Service Plan 2017-2018 (pdf, 433kb) (opens in a new window) - how Trading Standards intend to ensure good levels of food standards and safety.

Animal Feed Service Plan

Animal Feed Plan 2017-2018 (pdf, 555kb) (opens in a new window) - how Trading Standards intend to ensure good levels of animal feed standards and safety.

Age Restricted Sales: Programme Of Enforcement

Age Restricted Sales Programme of Enforcement 2017-2018 (pdf, 455kb) (opens in a new window) - how we plan to enforce laws on goods sold with age restrictions to prevent crime and protect children.

Enforcement Policy

Trading Standards Enforcement Policy (pdf, 149kb) (opens in a new window) - sets out how we deal with non-compliance with the legislation we have a duty to enforce.

Dorset business - what can you expect from your local Trading Standards service

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.

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