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If you are the occupier of a large shop situated in an area designated as a holiday resort, you may give notice to the district council specifying up to 18 Sundays in a year where your shop will be exempt from the rule that you may only open between 13:00 and 18:00 on Sundays.

However, this exemption cannot apply to any Sunday before 1 March or after 30 September, or Easter Sunday.



This service is free of charge.


Eligibility Criteria

No provision in legislation.


Regulation Summary

The Shops (Sunday Trading &c) (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation.


Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes.  This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council within 120 days of the submission of a completed application.


Contact Details

Environmental Services Department
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
Ballymoney Office
Riada House
14 Charles Street
BT53 6DZ

Tel:  028 2766 0233



Apply Online

Apply for permission to open on a Sunday


Forms to Download, Print and Post

Additional Permitted Opening for Large Shops in Holiday Resorts


Failed Application Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.


Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in the first instance.


Consumer Complaint

We would advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of deliver).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK: Consumer Direct will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the: European Consumer Centre.


Other Redress

Any complaints on how a premises is operated, or if they are operating outside of permitted hours, should be made directly to the Environmental Services Department, by telephone 028 7034 7171 or by email:


Trade Associations

Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA)