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Licences and permissions Underage sales

Trader advice

Legislation prohibits the supply (sale or hire) of specific products to anyone under certain ages.

This guide shows the minimum legal age for various purchases. You should make sure that all staff in your premises are fully aware of these restrictions.  

Product

Age Limit

Legislation

Maximum Penalty

Tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigarette papers, etc.)

18

Children and Young Persons (Protection From Tobacco) Act 1991

Children and Young Persons Act 1933

£2,500

Alcohol

18

Licensing Act 2003

£5,000 and loss of licence

Knives, axes and blades (or other offensive weapons - which have a blade or are sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for use for causing injury)

18

Offensive Weapons Act 1996

Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Crossbows

18

Crossbows Act 1987

Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Imitation firearms

18

Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Fireworks and sparklers

18

 

The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010

 

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns

16

The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010

 

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Volatile substances and solvents (when it is believed that they are likely to be inhaled or are for the purposes of being intoxicated)

18

Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Lighter refills containing butane

18

Cigarette Lighter Refill (Safety) Regulations 1999

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Aerosol paint

16

Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003

£2,500

Lottery tickets and scratch cards

16

National Lottery, etc. Act 1993
National Lottery Regulations 1994

£5,000 and up to 2 years imprisonment

Video tapes and DVDs (including computer games)

12,15,18

Video Recordings Act 1984

£5,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Sunbeds 18 Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010  £5,000

  

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