Our Enforcement Policy is an "umbrella" policy and applies
to all service areas, though it should be noted that various
additional service-specific requirements may apply to specific
enforcement activities in certain services.
The Council is responsible for enforcing a wide range of
legislation that may affect individuals, organisations or
businesses residing or operating within our District.
The purpose of enforcement is to protect the public, the
environment and groups such as consumers and workers, etc.
Enforcement can include offering advice and assistance as well as
more formal action such as serving notices or taking
Formal enforcement action is usually an option of last resort,
except in urgent or emergency cases, but remains an important part
of the Council’s approach to regulation. Most people and
businesses want to comply with the law and the Council will,
whenever possible, try to assist them to meet their legal
Enforcement action can make a positive contribution to economic
growth by, for example: - acting against rogue traders; helping to
create a level playing field for businesses; and cutting down on
benefit fraud, whilst the majority of businesses and
claimants . within the District are genuine, there are always
the minority who commit serious breaches, flout the law or
fraudulently claim benefits.
Our policy supports the important principle that
enforcement action by any regulator is always: -
- Fair - Whilst responsibility for compliance with legislation
falls to businesses or individuals, we will provide relevant advice
- Consistent - The Service will maintain systems designed to
ensure, so far as practicable, that enforcement activities are
carried out to a consistent standard and will monitor compliance
with our enforcement policy.
- Transparent - Unless immediate action is required to prevent or
respond to a serious breach, or where to do so is likely to defeat
the purpose of the proposed enforcement action, when considering
formal enforcement action, we will normally discuss the
circumstances with those suspected of a breach and take into
account their views when deciding on the best approach.
- Accountable - The Council’s complaints policy sets out how to
complain or express dissatisfaction about the services we
PDF Document: South
Staffordshire Council's Enforcement Policy
If you have any questions please contact: -
Legal and Public Health Protection Services Enquiries
Telephone: (01902) 696220
Fax: (01902) 696222