About regulation

The Council’s role as a regulator sees it taking responsibility for a number of areas important to the running of a business. It is true that the Council plays its part in the enforcement of regulations but much more than that, the Council is there to provide advice and guidance, when it is sought. The Council's health and safety, licensing, environmental health, food safety and trading standards teams offer a wealth of experience and advice on running your business in compliance with the law.

Regulatory Advice

Advice on regulation is also available from a number of external sources such as those listed below:

Health and Safety Executive

Whatever the size of your business, we have guidance to help you manage your health and safety. Browse the topics and industries lists to find specialist health and safety advice and guidance.


Gov.uk is the government's online resource for businesses. It contains information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Last updated: 29 November 2019