Sunday opening rules relaxation proposed by DTI

Proposed red tape-cutting by the Department of Trade and Industry will make it easier for retailers to open on Sundays.

Although the Sunday Trading Act will not change, the DTI has suggested that the number of administrative hoops retailers must go through be reduced.

At present, stores in excess of 280 sq m must notify local authorities of their intention to trade on Sundays and state opening hours. The DTI has recommended that this requirement be abolished, along with the need for retailers to give 14 days' notice of changes to opening hours.

The DTI also proposes to scrap local authority registers, which keep a record of the large stores that open on Sundays.

The amendments will be made by a regulatory reform order empowering ministers to remove the burdens.