Restrictions on Sunday trading, under the Sunday Trading Act 1994 are confined to large shops, defined as those having an internal sales area of over 280 square metres. The critical consideration is the floor area definition, which is the part of the shop within a building that is used for display of goods and customer services.
It is no longer a requirement for large shops to register their opening hours with the Council. However, they are restricted to six continuous hours of trading on a Sunday which must be between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
Large shops are required to remain closed on Easter Sunday and on Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday.
The Act also includes specific measures to protect the rights of shop workers who do not wish to work on Sunday.
Apart from the restrictions mentioned above, it is left to individual owners to determine their opening hours in the light of customer demand.