Sunday trading

There are restrictions on the number of hours you can open your shop for on Sundays.

Large shops (with a retail area of over 280 square metres) are only allowed to open for any 6 hours on Sundays between the hours of 10am and 6pm. They are not allowed to open on Easter Sunday (or Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday).

You must display the Sunday opening times both inside and outside your shop.


Small shops are exempt from these restrictions. If the retail area of your shop is less than 280 square metres then you can open for as long as you wish.

Other exemptions include:

  • public houses, off-licences and takeaways (opening hours for these are governed by their licence requirements)
  • chemists and pharmacies (where only medical goods are sold)
  • shops in railway stations
  • petrol filling stations and service areas
  • motor accessory shops
  • farm shops
  • exhibition stands

for further information visit trading hours for retailers


If you wish to complain about a trader or if you are a business and want further advice, contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133

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