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Age Restricted sales

It is a criminal offence to sell age restricted products to any underage person. Trading Standards frequently enforce and carry out inspections in partnership with Staffordshire Police and conduct regular test purchases to enforce this.

Age Restricted Products
Product Age  ProductAge 
 Alcohol  18    Knives & Blades  18
 Butane  18    BB Guns  18
 Fireworks  18    Spray Paints  16
 Tobacco  18    Lotteries & Scratch Cards  16
 Nicotine Inhaling Products  18    Party Poppers  16
 Volatile Substances*  18    Video Games  12/16/18
 Corrosive Substances **  18    Video / DVD  12/15/18
 Caffeinated Drinks ***  16      
  * If reasonable cause to believe product will be used for causing intoxication.
 **New law currently in consultation, best practice is to apply restriction.
 *** Voluntary age restriction (recommended minimum 16 years).

Guidance for businesses

Staffordshire Trading Standards has produced guidance to help retailers understand their legal and social responsibilities.

You can download or purchase these online: Age restricted guidance packs  

Alternatively you can call us on 01782 297522 and pay over the phone.  

Business Companion to help businesses stay within the law has launched a new animation with in-depth guides on underage sales providing details of the different types of restricted products and the legislation surrounding them.

Underage sales operations

We routinely carry out underage sales operations in premises that sell age restricted products. To report underage sales or for further advice on age restricted sales or information please contact Staffordshire Trading Standards.

PDF DocumentUnderage Sales Facts - Infographic (1.0 MB)

Want to volunteer? If you are aged between 14 ½ and 16 ½ years old and would like to become an Underage Sales Volunteer more information and details of how to apply can be located on our underage sale volunteer webpage

Business advice & primary authority partnership

Staffordshire County Council provides advice, support and training to help Staffordshire businesses follow Trading Standards requirements. We offer all businesses free advice on legislation. Further primary authority partnership is also available at a competitive rate. New businesses will receive extra help.

Please visit our Business Support page

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