Trading Standards

Trading standards advice


Your local trading standards team helps businesses understand and comply with a wide range of trade regulations relevant to the way they trade.

Trading Standards

Trading Standards offer advice in the following areas:

  • What is sold – goods, digital and services
  • Where it is sold – on your on-premises, off-premises and distance sales
  • How it is sold – consumer contracts, good practice, pricing and payments
  • Other topics – covering underage sales, food and drink (labelling, composition), weights/ measures and product safety

It is your legal obligation to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation. Failure to do so could result in enforcement action by your local authority.

The Business Companion is a useful guide to trading standards and can help prevent you falling foul of the regulations. Some of the information may seem niche, and that's precisely the point. Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, just like the complications they face. Problems that can arise day-to-day often centre around issues that may seem unimportant or irrelevant until they loom up out of the depths and threaten to capsize everything. You can access the Business Companion by clicking here.

You can contact your local Trading Standards team through your local council’s website:

Bath and North East Somerset


North Somerset

South Gloucestershire



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