Trading Standards

Welcome to the Powys Trading Standards home page.  From here you will be able to find out what we do and how you can get advice on any Trading Standards issues in Powys.

Our Aim

Our aim is to:

  • promote, maintain and improve a fair and safe trading environment, and
  • promote and improve the welfare of farm and companion animals,

in the County of Powys.

How we do this

The Trading Standards Service enforces the laws that govern the goods and services which are bought, sold, hired or advertised in the County.  We work to make local communities better and safer places for people to live in; and to make markets competitive for businesses to trade in.  We also enforce Animal Health & Welfare laws in relation to the keeping, movement and sale of farm and companion animals in the County.

We offer advice to consumers, guidance to businesses, information on Animal Health & Welfare rules, consumer education and calibration services. You can find out about the services we provide by clicking on the links on the left of this page.

Our Standards

We aim to be as open and transparent as possible in everything we do. Our Enforcement Policy is published and reviewed on a regular basis, and we are committed to the provisions of the Regulators' Code.

Do you need to prove your age?

If you are aged between 18 and 25 years and live in Powys you can get a free Validate card by contacting us.

Go to the Validate UK website for further details.

(Note: other proof of age cards are available; you can also use your photocard driving licence or passport to prove your age)

Report a loan shark

Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high interest rates, and can use violence and intimidation to extract repayments. If you spot a loan shark, or have borrowed money from one, you can report them anonymously.

Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit
tel: 0300 123 3311 (24 hours)
Text LOAN SHARK and the lender’s details to 60003

Latest News

From 1st April 2014 the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team of Powys County Council takes over the functions of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) under the Estate Agents Act 1979. Further information is available on our ‘Estate Agency’ page



TrustMark can help you find reputable firms across a wide range of trades that do home repair, maintenance and improvement work. Powys County Council supports the TrustMark scheme, and encourages local business to sign up. For further information visit the TrustMark website.


Community Alcohol Partnership logo

A Community Alcohol Partnership was launched in Brecon on Tuesday 24th April 2012. For more information visit the Community Safety website.