Officers should have a clear understanding of the legal framework for age restricted products, including relevant guidance and legislation, enforcement responsibilities and techniques, and responses to non-compliance.

Core Learning Resources

 Code of Practice: Age Restricted Products and Services

BEIS Regulatory Delivery, 2014

Includes a list of age restricted products and services and the relevant Statutes and Statutory Instruments

 False ID Guidance

Home Office, 2012

 Licensing Act 2003:

Amended Guidance Issued Under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003

Home Office

  • See part 2, page 15: Protection of Children from Harm

 Licensing Act 2003: Supporting Guidance

Home Office

In particular, see:

  • Summary of Amendment to the Sanctions for the Offences of Persistently Selling Alcohol to Children
  • Guidance on Persistently Selling Alcohol to Children, 2012
  • Pools of Conditions: Supporting Guidance, 2012 – Part 5: Conditions Relating to the Protection of Children from Harm

 Mandatory Code for Alcohol Retailers in England and Wales

Home Office, 2010 / Website of British Beer and Pub Association

In particular, see:

  • Mandatory Conditions
  • Good Practice for Licensed Premises

 Gambling Codes of Practice (Consolidated)

Gambling Commission, 2018

In particular, see:

  • Part 3: Protection of Children and Other Vulnerable Persons

 Approach to Test Purchasing (England and Wales)

Gambling Commission, 2015

 Guidance on the Implementation of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010

Department of Health (DoH), 2011

 Guidance on the Implementation of the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010: Wales

Welsh Government, 2011

 Changes to Local Authority Use of RIPA: Guidance for Local Authorities

Home Office, 2012

  Code of Practice for the Use of Human intelligence Sources

Home Office, 2014 

 Code of Practice for Covert Surveillance and Property Interference, 2010

Home Office, 2018

 Regulators' Code

BEIS Regulatory Delivery, 2014

Training Courses

  Age Restricted Sales - Do You PASS?

Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)

Further Reading

 Age Restricted Sales

Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), 2016


Under Age Sales Ltd

Helpful summaries of legislation relating to age restricted products and services. Please note that this social enterprise asserts its own copyright

 Guidance on the Employment of Children

Department for Education (DfE), 2009

 Criminal Record Checks: Guidance for Employers

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), 2018


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