Licences and permissions Underage sales

Apply to be a volunteer purchaser

We need volunteers aged 14 to 16½  to help us check that businesses aren't selling age-restricted goods to underage customers.

What does a volunteer purchaser do?

You will make 'test purchases' of age-restricted goods (such as cigarettes, knives and alcohol) from shops.

Some of the exercises take place in the evening, but at all times you will be accompanied by an officer from Trading Standards.

No fees are paid, but a certificate of achievement will be given, which can be included in your school record.

Who can apply to be a volunteer purchaser?

To apply you must be aged 14 to 16½, and must look your age to make sure that there is no possibility you could be thought to be over 16.

You will need permission from your parent or carer.

Information for parents and carers

Involvement is covered by rigorous guidelines, which are endorsed by the Home Office, to ensure your child's safety and wellbeing.

We will need to take some digital photographs of your child before the start of the operation. If it is likely that the matter will go to Court, a witness statement to confirm your child's date of birth will be required.

Trading Standards

Department: Neighbourhood Services


Telephone: 0161 234 1555

Fax: 0161 274 7239

PO Box 532
M60 2LA

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