Trading standards

Trading Standards' aim is to protect consumers and businesses by promoting a safe, healthy and fair trading environment.

We also have an important role to play in helping to build business confidence and in supporting business growth in Darlington.

How do we do this?

By enforcing the laws that regulate the way goods, services and digital content are sold and supplied, as well as those that apply to animal health, welfare and feed hygiene.

By providing clear, accurate and practical advice to Darlington businesses on how to comply with trading standards, consumer, animal health, welfare and feed hygiene laws.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Safety of products used by consumers
  • Fair trading
  • Weights and measures
  • Age restricted sales
  • Intellectual property including trade marks and copyright
  • Doorstep crime
  • Licensing and inspection of premises storing fireworks
  • Animal health and welfare (mainly livestock)
  • Animal feed labelling, composition and hygiene
  • Animal disease control

Report an illegal trader

If you suspect that a trader is selling illegal tobacco, fireworks or age restricted goods such as alcohol, tobacco products, fireworks, video recordings and games to people under the minimum legal age, report it via our online form. All submissions are anonymous (you can leave contact details if you would like to be updated) and you do not need to register to submit the form.

Enforcement policy

Trading Standards operates under the Regulatory Services Enforcement Policy [pdf document]. This policy is designed to promote efficient and effective enforcement in order to improve regulatory outcomes and sets out the decision-making process for enforcement actions taken by our officers.

Consumer advice

If you are looking for advice on a consumer problem, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service [ external link] or ring them on 03454 04 05 06

The Citizens Advice Consumer Service works in partnership with Trading Standards and refers any illegal trading issues to us.

We have a range of consumer guides available, which you can access at our consumer advice web page.

Please note that Trading Standards does not provide consumer advice or dispute resolution services.

Contact us

Trading Standards 
Town Hall