Age restricted product advice

Sales of any of the products below must be done with regard to the associated age limit. Selling these products to people under age is an offence. In some circumstances you may also be committing an offence if you ‘proxy’ purchase  goods on behalf of someone under the legal age.

Age restricted products information
ProductAge Restriction
Adult firework and sparklers (outdoor use) 18 and over
Alcohol 18 and over
Aerosol paint 16 and over
Christmas crackers

12 and

Knives / axes / blades

18 and over

Lighter refills containing butane 18
Lottery tickets 16
Party poppers and similar low hazard low-noise fireworks 16 and over
Petrol 16 and over
Sunbeds 18 and over
Tobacco 18 and over
Dvds/Videos/Film/Games Refer to specific classification

This list is not exhaustive but provides examples of the most common age restricted products. For more in-depth guidance on  each of these products and the law surrounding the sale of these products visit the Business Companion website.

Proof of age - challenge schemes

You must carry out age verification checks on anyone who looks younger than 21 or 25 if you sell alcohol as part of your licensing conditions.

You must display a sign in relation to selling to people under the age of 18 if you sell tobacco.

A challenge scheme is not mandatory when selling tobacco or nicotine vapour.

To receive a retailer training pack and further information on challenge schemes or any other queries relating to age restricted products contact us at

PASS scheme

You can consider other forms of identification which prove a person’s age. PASS (The Proof of Age Standards Scheme) is the UK’s national proof of age accreditation scheme, endorsed by the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). If would like further information or would like to apply for a card, visit the  pass scheme website.

Retailer training

In 2019 we will be providing retailer training on all areas of age restricted sales. Keep checking the website for further information.

Report it

If you have seen sales of the above products to under age children then it is vital that you report this information to Trading Standards.

The easiest way to do this is by completing the  online Citizens Advice Consumer Service form or by calling 03454 040506.

Become a volunteer

To establish if businesses in Cheshire East are complying with the law Trading Standards need volunteers aged between 13 and 16 to attempt to buy age restricted goods.

The volunteers will be trained by staff and a visit will be completed at home with the parents to discuss the role further. The volunteers will then be sent into premises, supervised by staff, to attempt to buy age restricted goods.

If you think you know someone who may be interested or want further information email the team at

Contact us

Business Support Team
Cheshire East Council

0300 123 5015

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