Street trading licence

About Sunday trading

Under the Sunday Trading Act 1994 all large shops (with a floor area of 280 square metres or more) may open on a Sunday for a maximum of six hours between 10am to 6pm.

These shops cannot open on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day when this falls on a Sunday.

Each shop that opens on a Sunday must display its hours of trading on notices inside and outside the shop.

Businesses do not have to tell local authorities that they are trading on a Sunday.

The Sunday opening hours of smaller shops are not covered by the Sunday Trading Act 1994. These include:

  • restaurants
  • takeaways
  • farm shops
  • chemists
  • petrol stations
  • motor or cycle supplies
  • shops at an airport or railway station
  • those selling alcoholic drinks

Our Environmental Services team enforce the legislation and investigate breaches of the legislation and any complaints.


Address: Causeway House
Bocking End

Telephone: 01376 552525

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