Sunday Trading

The hours of trading on a Sunday is limited for most types of shops with a floor area larger than 280 square metres (a large shop).

Shops smaller than this size are not subject to any form of trading restriction.

Large shops

Retail businesses with a floor area of more than 280 square metres (3,014 square feet) have restrictions on their Sunday opening hours under the Sunday Trading Act 1994.

Restricted opening hours

Many large shops can only open on a Sunday for a continuous period of six hours between 10am and 6pm.

If your business is affected by the rules, you must display notices of the six-hour period during which you plan to trade on Sundays in a clearly visible position inside and outside your shop.

You need to check whether you require permission from us to load and unload goods before 9am on a Sunday.

Exempt shops


  • off-licences selling only or mainly alcohol
  • airport and railway station outlets
  • service station outlets
  • registered pharmacies selling only medicinal products and medical and surgical appliances
  • farms selling mainly their own produce
  • outlets wholly or mainly selling motor or bicycle supplies and accessories
  • suppliers of goods to aircraft or sea-going vessels on arrival at, or departure from, a port, harbour or airport
  • exhibition stands selling goods

Large shops are not permitted to open on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday.

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