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What is the BAR Code of Practice?

The British Association of Removers Code of Practice is the only code in the moving industry that’s approved and monitored by the Trading Standards Institute:

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All BAR members abide by the Code that dictates

  • the standards of service you will receive
  • the quality of the materials used
  • the standards of vehicles and warehouses
  • staff training requirements
  • what will happen if something goes wrong

…most importantly the Code requires BAR moving companies to deal with you in a courteous and sympathetic way at all times.


BAR have recently undergone their annual Code audit.

TSI found that “BAR are fulfilling their obligations as a code sponsor, and their member base is compliant with the CCAS core criteria and the BAR Consumer Code of Practice. A few observations and recommendations were raised, but these did not detract from a generally excellent code of practice that is well run and effectively managed”.

To view the audit report, please click here.


Every BAR Member makes the following key commitments:

We promise to act fairly and reasonably with you and uphold all the standards contained in the Code.  Our key commitments are:

  • To make sure that our advertising and promotional literature is clear and not misleading.
  • To provide you with a clear description, price and timetable for the work carried out.
  • To offer insurance or other protection options.
  • To explain clearly our liability for loss or damage, the time limit for making claims, and cancellation/postponement rights and charges.
  • To provide staff who are courteous, competent, and committed to providing a high standard of service.
  • To deal quickly and sympathetically with things that go wrong.
  • To publicise this Code, have copies freely available and make sure our staff are trained to put it into practice.

Financial Protection

The Code says

  • …that if your BAR remover cancels a removal more than 10 days before the agreed date for the work it must pay you back everything you paid to them
  • …that if your BAR remover cancels less than 10 days before the agreed date it must pay you 150% of the monies paid

…this means that you can be confident that your BAR remover will arrive to do the work on the agreed date.

The Code also states that if your BAR member is not able to do the work on the agreed day or pay the 150% refund, then the BAR Pre-payment Protection Scheme will be speedily activated to have the work completed by another member or provide you with a full refund.

If something goes wrong

If you have a complaint about the service your BAR member will try to resolve it fairly, quickly and efficiently. In the event of a dispute relating to the provision of a service covered by this Code, which cannot be resolved, either the Customer or the Member may refer it to the low cost independent Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provided by the Association, on Tel: 01923 699 486. Referral of a dispute to the ADR scheme does not prevent the Customer from taking subsequent legal action.

TSI Monitoring

The Trading Standards Institute monitors the performance of all BAR members, to make sure that they are operating within the BAR Code of Practice and that the Code is working properly in the customers’ interests. You can help by completing the customer satisfaction survey your BAR remover will give you.

…or download the BAR Code of Practice here from the link to the right.