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Environment, Health and Consumer Protection (EHCP) enforcement policy

The Environment, Health and Consumer Protection enforcement policy outlines how we will engage with businesses, provide advice and guidance to businesses, and respond to breaches of the law.

Background Regulators' Code was introduced in the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 and applies to the legal roles of our Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing services. It means we must have systems in place to allow regulators to offer their views and contribute to the development of the policies and service standards.

These legal roles potentially affect a wide range of businesses including:

  • high street retailers
  • manufacturers and processors
  • food businesses
  • the taxi trade
  • market traders
  • premises licensed to sell alcohol
  • residential landlords and housing associations
  • service industries
  • farmers and livestock management
  • animal welfare premises (where a licence to operate is required)
  • petrol filling stations
  • specified industrial installations
  • social welfare providers (residential/nursing care)
  • consumer services
  • leisure services
  • voluntary organisations/charities

Which services are covered

  • health protection (food safety and standards, occupational safety and health, private water supplies, infectious disease control and animal health and welfare)
  • Environmental protection (pollution control, contaminated land, private sector housing enforcement and public health issues)
  • consumer protection (fair trading and consumer protection, product safety and metrology, licensing and markets)

Our policy

Icon for pdf EHCP Enforcement Policy July 2015 (PDF, 185.0kb)

Contact us
Community Protection
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Community Protection
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ