Age Restricted sales

It is hugely important that age-restricted products are not sold to children. There are several pieces of legislation to prevent the sale of age-restricted products to those too young to buy them.

Such legislation is necessary to prevent young people from behaving anti-socially, becoming a nuisance to those around them and, most importantly, from harming themselves. Listed below are the age-restricted products monitored by Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards.

Age Restricted Products

Policies and procedures

Age restricted sales

Challenge 25

Proxy sales

Refusals for off-licenced premises


DPS authorisation

Tobacco regulations

ASH - tobacco regulations

Underage Sales Operations

We routinely carry out underage sales operations in premises that sell age restricted products. Operations involve underage volunteers entering a premise and attempting to purchase a specific age restricted product. If a sale is made, then the item in question is taken as evidence for any potential prosecution against the shop owner and the seller.

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.

Underage Sales Training Quiz

The following quiz has been produced for training:

Contact us 

To report underage sales or for further advice or information please contact us.

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