Sunday trading

The Sunday Trading Act 1994 allows small retail shops (less than 280 square metres floor space) to open at any time on a Sunday, for the full 24 hours if necessary.

However, large shops (above 280 square metres floor space) have their Sunday opening hours limited to any 6 continuous hours between 10am and 6pm. Large shop operators must display their Sunday opening hours both at the entrance and inside the premises. No large shop may open on Easter Sunday or Christmas Day (if it is a Sunday).

There are exemptions for certain large shops i.e:

  • Retail shops run by Jewish proprietors if they observe the Jewish Sabbath
  • Farm shops
  • Restaurants
  • Public houses
  • Motor cycle supply shops
  • Exhibitions
  • Petrol filling stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Hairdressers
  • Shoe repairers

For further information, please visit the GOV.UK website.