Sunday Trading

Belfast City Council – Sunday Trading

Belfast City Council is consulting on a proposal to designate Belfast as a ‘holiday resort’ under Article 6 of the Shops (Sunday Trading &c.) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

This would allow large shops to extend their Sunday trading hours on up to 18 Sundays in any calendar year between 1 March and 30 September (excluding Easter Sunday).

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Enterprise Bill

The Enterprise Bill is a public bill presented to Parliament by the Government.

The Public Bill Committee has now completed its work and has reported the amended Bill to the House. When a Public Bill Committee reports, it is no longer able to receive written evidence.

The Bill will next be considered at Report Stage, Legislative Grand Committee and Third Reading over two days on 8 and 9 March 2016.

Amendments can be made to the Bill at report stage. Amendments to be considered are selected by the Speaker.

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Devolving Sunday trading rules

Stores with a relevant floor area of over 280 square metres / 3000 square feet (large stores) have restricted opening hours on a Sunday, whilst smaller stores can open all day.

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Communities and Local Government are seeking views on whether the government should devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas, such as cities run by elected mayors and/or local authorities. This does not include any changes to the restrictions on trading on Christmas Day or Easter Sunday.

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