Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

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 responsible for around forty Acts of parliament, and over one thousand associated regulations which have an impact on practically all aspects of life, from the safety of children's toys to the honesty of property descriptions when buying a home. We investigate "clocked" cars and the welfare of farm animals. Whether you are buying a loaf of bread, a pint of beer or arranging credit, the department is responsible for ensuring that sales are carried out within the law.

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 2019-20.


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.


If you are a member of the public and have bought goods or services, you can find out your rights and when you can get a repair, replacement or refund from the Consumer Rights.  Alternatively, the Citizens Advice consumer service provides free, confidential and impartial advice on consumer issues.

Visit the Citizens Advice website or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133.

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

Free Trials

The Competition and Markets Authority and the Advertising Standards Authority are reminding people to take care when signing up to ‘free’ trials. The following top tips should help prevent you from signing up or being charged for something that you did not expect.