Devolving Sunday trading rules

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.

In  response, ACS has warned that Government plans to remove Sunday trading hours are unpopular, will cost jobs and damage high streets. We add that the Government’s consultation on devolving the power to set Sunday trading rules locally, and revealed the results of a survey of local authority chief executives showing that the measure would benefit out of town stores over high streets and town centres.

Associated items regarding ACS' submission can be viewed here:

Economic Impact of Deregulating Sunday Trading, Oxford Economics, September 2015

The Impact of Olympic Sunday Trading Liberalisation on Convenience Store Turnover, Oxford Economics, November 2012

Sunday Trading Applying the Family Test, Social Market Foundation, September 2015

Europe Economics’ appraisal of a report “The economic costs and benefits of easing Sunday shopping restrictions on large stores in England and Wales” by Indepen Consulting Limited for the DTI, European Economics

ACS Local Authority Chief Executives Survey 2015, ACS, August 2015

ACS – Attitudes towards Sunday Trading, Populus, September, 2015


ACS' submission: