Fees timescales and payment for business advice
How to pay
After the Trading Standards Officer has completed the work on your business advice request, your business will be sent an invoice for any outstanding amount and you will have 28 days to pay. Invoicing is on a monthly basis.
You can make payment online or, if you would like to use internet or telephone banking, please make payment to "Surrey County Council" (HSBC, sort code 40-11-60, account no; 80163880).
Your named officer will be able to offer further advice in respect of this. We regret that we are unable to accept cash for the services provided under the scheme.
Please use reference "BA/ (your business name)" on any correspondence.
For further information please see our terms and conditions.
Fees and options
Our officers will record your business details during your first contact with us. Once we have done so, you have access to our Business Advice service.
30 minutes of free business advice is available for all Surrey and Buckinghamshire based businesses which register for this service. This is valid for six months from registration, thereafter it will be charged but at a very competitive rate.
However, if it's just a question of redirecting you to other sources of information, we can usually provide this service free of charge.
Please note our business advice service remains free of charge for 'Eat Out Eat Well members' and information relating to Animal Health. We also offer advice as part of the membership package to members of our traders4u scheme.
Our services are available through two modular options, enabling you to choose the right level of support. The fees and timescales for these options are listed below and are reviewed annually.
- Module 1 - Business advice
- Module 2 - Primary Authority
To find out more about these module options, please see our webpage: Your business advice options.
- All prices are reviewed annually. Unused hours will not roll over or be refundable
- The minimum charge for chargeable advice is a half hour, regardless of whether the full half hour is used, we then charge in quarter hour units. Invoicing is on a monthly basis.
These terms and conditions are subject to review from time to time.
Files available to download
- Trading Standards - Fees for business advice and Primary Authority (PDF)
Setting out Trading Standards' charges for advice to businesses and for our Primary Authority services. Details of timescales are also indicated
- Trading Standards Fees and Charges 2020 - 2021 (PDF)
Fees charged by Trading Standards including Licensing, Business Advice, information services, Primary Authority for 2020 - 2021