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Trading Standards

The Trading Standards Service exists to promote and protect the well being of a modern, vibrant economy and to safeguard the health, safety and environment of its citizens.

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We are a law enforcement agency. We are responsible for forty Acts of parliament and over a thousand regulations. The work we do can affect all aspects of our lives; from toy safety to food allergens, and the accuracy of petrol pumps to farm animal welfare.

Our teams prioritise the protection of vulnerable consumers in our communities. We also work hard to maintain a fair and level playing field for businesses across Cornwall. Examples of our work include:

  • Investigating the supply of illegal tobacco and other age restricted goods to children.
  • Raising awareness of scams and supporting financial abuse victims.
  • Inspecting food businesses to check labelling and descriptions.
  • Checks on the safety of consumer goods.
  • Disrupting and prosecuting Rogue Traders.


What you can expect of regulatory services within the Public Protection Service can be found by visiting our Regulators Code page.

View the Public Protection Fees and Charges for 2020-21.


Call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline for free on 0808 223 1133 or visit the Citizens Advice website

You can also find simple ways to solve your everyday consumer problems on the Which? website.

Cornwall's Trading Standards teams work in partnership with Citizens Advice.

Please report your complaint or concern via their Consumer Helpline. Expert advisors will guide you through the steps needed to resolve the complaint.

If your complaint needs to be looked at by Trading Standards, they will send it to us for information. We are unable to follow up on all complaints, but we may contact you for further information.


We are committed to helping responsible businesses by providing a wide range of information and guidance to help you understand the law and how it applies to you. Whether you are a new business trying to find your way through the sometimes bewildering array of legislation, or whether you are an established business looking to expand and diversify, we can help, and can point you in the direction of other sources of help and information if necessary. Businesses in Cornwall are welcome to visit our business regulatory support service pages or alternatively visit Business Companion to view the guides on their website.

Contact us online or email
Alternatively call us on 0300 1234 212 to discuss your business needs.