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Sunday Trading

Sunday Trading in all areas of our life is now becoming very common. The Sunday Trading Act 1994 has strict regulations surrounding this area.

If you decide you want to open on Sunday then you are either classified as a 'large shop' and therefore caught by the Sunday Trading Legislation, or, if not classified as such, you are outside of the Sunday Trading Legislation and the rules do not apply to you.
A large shop is defined as a premises having a sales floor area inside a building exceeding 280sqm. To work it out you do not include forecourt or workshops but MUST include Service and/or Parts reception.

If your premises fall within the definition then you must give notice to the local authority that you intend to open for retail customers for a continuous period of six hours or such other shorter period and the hours for which you will be open between 10am and 6pm.

After 14 days from the date of the notice, or shorter if the authority agree, you may begin trading.

Please note that should Christmas Day fall on a Sunday and also on Easter Sunday you are not allowed to open.

One further requirement is to display your opening times conspicuously both inside and outside the premises. After closing time, customers already on the premises have 30 minutes to complete their purchase and leave.

 

 

Published: 16 Mar 2011

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