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 is 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

 

How to report underage sales

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If you need in-depth advice we are happy to provide assistance, including staff training, that will reduce the likelihood of sales being made to underage children. This service is provided under the Business One Stop Service BOSS.

 

Last Updated: 30 November 2017