Environmental health enforcement policy


One of the primary functions of Environmental Health Services is to safeguard the public, the environment and bodies of people e.g. workers, consumers or residents.

By carrying out our enforcement activities in an equitable and consistent manner, we hope to promote a sustainable local economy and to maintain a safe & fair business and domestic environment.

We appreciate that most people want to comply with the law and we will always be willing to help traders and others meet their legal obligations without unnecessary costs.

It is the Council's policy to carry out its enforcement activities in an equitable and consistent manner.

The purpose of the policy is to make clear the approach of the Environmental Health Services Division to its various enforcement roles. More specific policies for enforcement of food safety and health and safety are in place and can be viewed on this website.

The Council has signed up to the Enforcement Concordat and this shows the Council's commitment to work with businesses and provide advice and information.

The Council has a publicised complaints procedure, further details of which are available on this website.

This policy is based on the following five guiding principles:-

Consistency: to ensure that similar issues are dealt with in the same way

Proportionality: to ensure that the action taken relates directly to the actual or potential risk to health, safety or the environment

Targeting: to ensure that resources are targeted where activities give rise to the most serious health, safety or environmental risks

Transparency: to ensure that people easily understand the action expected of them and that clear distinctions are made between legal requirements and guidance

Accountability: inspectors are accountable to citizens, Parliament and the Council for their actions and the Council has an effective mechanism for dealing with complaints and comments.

Levels of Enforcement Action

Legislation may be enforced by one or a combination of methods:-

Informal Action: will normally be taken where a minor offence has been committed and it can be reasonably expected that informal action will result in compliance

Formal Action: such as service of legal notices will take place where the contravention is significant, there is a risk to health, safety or the environment or it is expected that an informal approach would not result in compliance

Prosecution: is a serious matter which will only be taken after full consideration of the implications and consequences

A full copy of the Environmental Health Services Enforcement Policy can be downloaded below.

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