Retail trading hours

Retail trading hours provide times when retailers in Western Australia can open for business.  In some cases the type of business can dictate the hours which the business can be open to customers.   There are also times throughout the year which extended trading may apply such as Easter and Christmas.  Businesses can apply for a permit to have extended trading hours. 

General trading hours information

2016 public holiday trading

General retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area can be open for trading from 8.00am to 6.00pm on the following public holidays:

  • Monday 28 March 2016 (Easter Monday),
  • Monday 6 June 2016 (Western Australia Day) and
  • Monday 26 September 2016 (Queen’s Birthday public holiday).

Closed for trading days

All general retail shops must be closed on:

  • Christmas Day,
  • Good Friday, and
  • ANZAC Day.

Trading hours by retail type

The Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 applies to retail shops in Western Australia south of the 26th parallel. It sets out the trading hours and rules covering various categories of retail outlets. The trading hours of restaurants, cafes and takeaway food shops are not covered by the Act.

You must apply for a certificate if you want to trade as a small retail shop, a special retail shop or a small filling station. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge. Traders can also request these application forms by calling us on 1300 30 40 54 or by email.

General retail shops

All shops are regarded as general retail shops unless they fall under any one of the other categories including: small retail shops, special retail shops, filling - service stations or motor vehicle shops.

Trading hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area

  • 8.00 am – 9.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday
  • 8.00 am – 5.00 pm on Saturday
  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm on Sunday
  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm on public holidays
  • CLOSED on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day

Note: The extended weeknight trading in the Perth metropolitan area does not affect trading hours in regional areas. Traders do not have to open however may choose when they open within the specified trading hours. More information is available on the  Sunday trading frequently asked questions fact sheet.

Small retail shops

In part, small retail shops are shops owned by up to six people who operate no more than four retail shops, in which up to 25 people work at any one time (people employed as apprentices are not included in maximum permitted staffing numbers).

Small retail shops may sell any goods other than motor vehicles.

If you want to trade as a small retail shop you must apply for a certificate. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge.

Trading hours

Shops in this category can trade 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Special retail shops

Special retail shops are considered necessary for emergency, convenience or recreation goods.

Special retail shops include:

  • pharmacies;
  • garden nurseries;
  • hardware and home improvement shops;
  • newsagencies and bookshops;
  • video shops;
  • art and craft shops;
  • souvenir and duty free shops;
  • shops at sports venues;
  • boating shops;
  • motor vehicle spare parts shops; and
  • shops at international standard hotels.

If you want to trade as a special retail shop you must apply for a certificate. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge.

Trading hours

  • 6.00 am – 11:30 pm every day of the year

Filling stations – service stations

Filling stations include any business that sells motor fuel.

Trading hours

Filling station trading hours are deregulated in all areas.

There are restrictions on the range of non-petroleum goods which may be sold from filling stations after general retail shop trading hours.

The range of goods approved will depend on the corporate circumstances of each business. A more expansive range of goods is available to small filling stations. These in part are stations:

  • owned by up to six people who collectively operate no more than three filling stations; and
  • in which a maximum of 10 people work at any time.

If you want to trade as a small filling station you must apply for a certificate. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge.

For further information on after hours non-petroleum stock options contact Trading Hours enquiries on (08) 9282 0841.

Motor vehicle shops – car yards

A motor vehicle shop includes any shop where motor vehicles are sold.

Trading hours

  • 8.00 am – 6.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8.00 am – 9.00 pm on Wednesday
  • 8.00 am – 1.00 pm on Saturday
  • CLOSED on Sunday
  • CLOSED on public holidays

Special trading precincts

Special trading precincts formerly existed in Armadale, Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland and Perth but since general retail hours were expanded across the metropolitan area this distinction no longer applies. Traders may choose when they open within the permitted trading hours. 

Rockingham and Wanneroo holiday resorts

The Rockingham and Wanneroo holiday resorts hours were brought into line with the rest of the metropolitan area from 26 August 2012. See trading hours for general retail shops in the metropolitan area for more details.

Rottnest Island

On Rottnest Island the closing time for general retail shops has not been changed and remains 9:30 pm.

Applying for extended trading hours

Non-metropolitan areas

Local government authorities outside the Perth metropolitan area can apply to Consumer Protection to extend the trading hours for general retail shops in their district beyond those stipulated in the Act.

Permits

Extended trading permits are available under certain conditions. These include, for example, swapmeets, trade fairs and industry expos. For specific advice on the issue of permits please contact us on (08) 6251 1406.

More information 

Minister's media statement

20 October 2015 More shopping hours in retail trading revamp 

Retail trading hours

Automotive, Marine and Trading Hours Branch of Consumer Protection on (08) 6251 1406.

Retail shop lease information

Small Business Development Corporation on 131 BIZ (131 249), or by email to info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au.

Wages

Wageline (free and confidential private-sector employment information service) on 1300 655 266 or email labourrelations@commerce.wa.gov.au.

 

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