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Sunday Trading Application Form

Sunday Trading Registration

Following the introduction of the Shops (Sunday Trading & c.) (Northern Ireland) Order in 1997 there have been no restrictions on shopping hours - apart from Sundays. All shops are now able to open without restrictions between Monday and Saturday.

Restrictions on opening times on Sundays are now confined to large shops (defined under the Order as those having an internal sales area of over 280m2). The critical consideration is the floor area definition, which is clarified as meaning the part of the shop within a building that is used for display of goods and customer services.

Large shops must:

  • be registered with the Council for trading on a Sunday, and
  • specify the six hours of trading on a Sunday which must be between the hours of 10.00 to 18.00, and
  • provide a sign visible both internally and externally specifying the times of trading.

They are required to remain closed on Easter Sunday (and on Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday).

The city council keeps a public register of the large shops operating in its area, which can be viewed at the address below upon request.

Small shops are not covered by these restrictions and can open freely. The Shops (Sunday Trading & c.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 also includes specific measures to protect the rights of shop workers who do not wish to work on Sunday.

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


The Shop (Sunday Trading Act & c.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

Notice of Proposed Sunday Opening