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Advice and information to help local businesses comply with the law and work to national guidelines

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

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.

Training materials

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.


Explosives licensing for Dorset businesses

Petroleum storage certificates

Our charges

We charge for some of our services, schemes and licences. Please see the Trading Standards 2017/18 Fee Schedule (pdf, 238kb) (opens in a new window)

  • Weights and measures

    We estimate that every week in the UK over a billion pounds of goods are weighed and measured at retail level alone.

  • Divers clean air scheme

    Helping to ensure that divers are supplied with good clean breathing air.

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