Age restricted product advice

Trading Standards have responsibility to enforce laws designed to protect children and young people from harmful and damaging products such as alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, solvents and knives.

Trading Standards also carry out test purchasing exercises using young volunteers to establish whether retailers are selling to under-age persons. 

Did you know that it is an offence to sell the products listed below to a child or young person who is under the age stated?

Age restricted products information
ProductAge RestrictionMaximum Penalty
Alcohol 18 £1000 and forfeiture of licence
Fireworks 18 £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment
Solvents / Intoxicating substances 18 £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment
Lighter refills containing butane 18 £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment
Cigarettes and tobacco products 18 £2500
Offensive Weapons 18 £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment
Lottery tickets 16 £5000 and up to 2 years imprisonment
Caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throw downs 16 £5000 and up to 6 months and up to imprisonment
Films and Videos 12, 15, 18 £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment
Video Games BBFC / PEGI 12, 15, 18 £5000 and up to 6 months imprisonment

Further advice for businesses

Trading Standards advise and support businesses to help them understand the legislation relating to age restricted products.

If you know or suspect a shop is making illegal under-age sales you can report your suspicions to Trading Standards. Trading Standards can then take appropriate steps to prevent such sales.

If you are a business you can email our Business Support.

Contact consumer advice

Report your suspicions via our online form or phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506. See our Consumer information.

Contact us

Business Support Team
Cheshire East Council

0300 123 5015

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