Ryedale District Council

Sunday trading notifications

All shops are now able to open without restrictions between Monday to Saturday. The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 removed restrictions on shopping hours - apart from Sundays and repealed the Shops Act 1950.

Restricted opening times under The Sunday Trading Act are now confined to large shops (defined as those having an internal sales area of over 280 square metres), which may open six hours between 10am and 6pm but must remain closed on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day (but only when it falls on a Sunday).

Small shops are not covered by these restrictions and can open freely. The Sunday Trading Act also includes specific measures to protect the rights of shop workers who do not wish to work on Sundays.

Apart from the restrictions mentioned above, it is left to individual owners to determine their opening hours in the light of customer demand.

The Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004 has removed the requirement for large shops to notify councils of their Sunday trading hours or of any changes. Large shops are still limited to trading for a maximum of six hours between 10am and 6pm on Sundays and must display these hours inside and outside the premises.

Easter Sunday and Christmas Day (if it falls on a Sunday)

The Sunday Trading Act 1994 requires large shops - those where the relevant floor area exceeds 280 square metres, to close on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day if it falls on a Sunday.


The Sunday Trading restrictions do not apply to the following types of shops:

  • Any shop, which is at a farm and where the trade or business carried out, consists wholly or mainly of the sale of produce from that farm
  • Any shop where the trade or business carried on consists wholly or mainly of the sale of intoxicating liquor
  • Any shop where the trade or business carried on consists wholly or mainly of the sales of one or more of the following
  • Motor supplies and accessories; and
  • Cycle supplies and accessories

Any shop which:

  • Is a registered pharmacy and is not open for the sale of retail foods other than medicinal products and medicinal and surgical appliances
  • Any shop at a designated airport
  • Any shop in a railway station
  • Any shop at a service area within the meaning of the Highways Act 1980
  • Any petrol filling station
  • Any stand used for the retail sale of goods during the course of an exhibition
  • Any shop which is not open for retail sale of any goods other than food, stores or other necessaries required by one person for a vessel or aircraft on its arrival at, or immediately before its departure, form a port, harbour or airport; and
  • Any shop occupied by persons observing the Jewish Sabbath

Copies of the Sunday Trading Act in 1994 can be obtained from the Office of Public Sector Information.

For further information contact Health and Environment on 01653 600666.


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