Trading Standards - advice for traders

Our Trading Standards team aim to help a fair and safe trading environment across Gwynedd. We support businesses through raising awareness and safeguarding users and community businesses within the County by providing advice and guidance.

Bird Flu

The Bird Flu prevention zone will expire on 30 April 2017

Latest Information and Guidelines:

Buy with Confidence

Being able to display to your customers that you’re a company that can be trusted is very important. Buy with Confidence can help  you achieve this.

Benefits of being a member

  • It's a sign that your business is honest and reliable
  • As an independent scheme there is no need to contact several companies
  • Access to Trading Standards expertise and advice
  • Being listed on Buying with Confidence's website

Who can join?

Businesses that have been trading for over 6 months.
Businesses must go through checks before being admitted.

How much is it?
Members must pay an annual fee. The fee varies depending on the size of our business.

How do I apply?
Make an on-line application

Further details
Website: 
Buy with Confidence
E-mail: 
safmas@gwynedd.llyw.cymru
Phone: 
01766 771 000

Carrier bag charge

Single use carrier bags can no longer be given away for free when people buy goods from a seller.

The minimum charge to the customer for each single use carrier bag is 5p.

Face to face advice on Trading Standards issues

We hold surgeries in order to inform you about your rights and try to resolve problems you may have with goods or services.

Come and see us at one of our weekly surgeries:

  • Tuesday 10:00 – 13:00
    Canolfan Maenofferen, Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Wednesday 10:00 – 13:00
    Council Offices, Ffordd y Cob, Pwllheli
  • Thursday 10:00 – 13:00
    Council Offices, Cae Penarlâg, Dolgellau
  • Friday 10:00 - 13:00
    Gwynedd Council's Headquarters, Castle Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SE

From 01 September 2017 you will need to make an appointment for these sessions.

Fireworks Licensing

 You must have a license to sell fireworks.
Gwynedd Council’s Trading Standards Unit provide individuals and companies who wish to store more than 2000kg (net weight) of explosives (including fireworks and shotgun cartridges) with a license.

There are 4 periods within a year where selling fireworks is allowed.

  • 15 October – 10 November
  • 26 December – 31 December
  • On the first day of the Chinese New Year and the 3 days immediately preceding it
  • On the day of Diwali and the 3 days immediately preceding it

If you wish to sell outside of these times you must apply for a license to sell fireworks all year round.
Certain categories of fireworks cannot legally be sold to members of the public.

Further information

Application Form

Furniture in rented accommodation

If you let furnished or part furnished accommodation as a business activity,where the supply of the accommodation includes the supply of goods, the law applies to you. Examples are houses,flats, bedsits, holiday homes, caravans and boats.explosives fireworks

The law applies to letting agents, estate agents and private landlords.

Petroleum Storage Certificates

A petroleum storage certificate is required where petrol is stored for dispensing directly into the fuel tank of an internal combustion engine or where large amounts of petrol is stored for private use.

An annual fee is payable for the continuation of the certificate and the ‘keeper’ of the petrol can choose to pay for up to 10 years.

Companies should download the application form below and return it via e-mail or by post (along with the fee) to the address noted on the form.

Relevant Documents

Further information

Selling Tobacco

The transitional period for sell-through of stock ends on 20 May 2017.

These regulations mean that every tobacco product sold must be in plain packaging.

Details that are allowed on the packaging are

  • brand name
  • tobacco type
  • number of cigarrettes/ weight of the hand rolling tobacco

Further information

Underage Sales

The law makes the selling of age restricted products to underage people a criminal offence, with various penalties.

You have a right to ask for proof of age when selling these goods:

underage
 ProductLegal minimum age 
 Tobacco products 18 
 Fireworks 18 
Alcohol 18
Lottery Tickets and scratch cards 18
Lighter refills containing butane 18
Solvent and volatile substances 18
Knives and offensive weapons 18
Aerosol paint containers 16

Weighbridges

Weighbridge Operating License
To operate a public weighbridge, you require a certificate issued by any Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures that you have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.

 

Contact Details

E-mail: safmas@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Phone: 01766 771000

Address: Council Offices, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SH