Age Restricted Sales

Trading Standards are responsible for ensuring that retailers do not sell products to children who are under the legal age to buy such products.

 The list of products that are restricted includes, but is not limited to:

Product Age Restriction
Tobacco Products 18 and over
Offensive weapons, Knives, Crossbows, Airguns and pellets 18 and over
Caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches party poppers, serpents and throwdowns 16 and over
Fireworks and sparklers 18 and over
Videos and video computer games 12, 15 and 18 and over classifications
Solvents 18 and over
Butane cigarette lighter refills 18 and over
Aerosol Spray Paints 16 and over
Alcohol 18 and over
Selling products to children under the legal age is a criminal offence.
It's also a criminal offence to buy alcohol on behalf of a child.

Most retailers operate a policy of asking for proof of age if a person looks under 21 or 25.  This is supported by Milton Keynes Trading Standards who recommend retailers ask for either a passport, drivers licence or “PASS” approved ID card.

How to report underage sales

If you have identified a shop or individual selling an age restricted product to a child and you would like to report it, please use our "Underage Sales Report It" form, which you can find here. 


Last Updated: 19 March 2020