Retail Trading Hours in Western Australia
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. Trading hours of restaurants, cafes and takeaway food shops are not covered by the Act.
Current laws give all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area, including major supermarkets and department stores, the right to open their doors on Sunday between 11am and 5pm.
See the changes to retail trading laws to find out more.
Find out about
- Changes to retail trading hours
- General retail shops
- Small retail shops
- Special retail shops
- Filling/Service stations
- Motor Vehicle shops - Car yards
- Commercial tenancies and extended trading hours
- Applying for a small or special retail shop or small filling station Certificate
- Applying for extended trading hours in non metropolitan areas
- Applying for extended trading hours to support a community event
- Contacting Retail Services Branch of Consumer Protection and accessing application forms
Changes to retail trading hours 2012
Sunday trading for all shops in the Perth metropolitan area began on 26 August 2012.
This change means that all general retail shops have the same trading hours of 11am - 5pm on Sunday or any of the allowed public holidays throughout the metropolitan area. General retail shops must remain closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
The decision to open on Sundays remains the choice of the individual retailer and businesses need to look to their own situation to make that decision.
Traders should note that the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 protects retail tenants from being forced to open on Sundays. These same laws ensure commercial tenants can only be charged operating expenses for Sundays if they open on Sundays.
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 metropolitan area
8.00am - 9.00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday
8.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday
11.00am - 5.00pm, Sunday*
11.00am - 5.00pm Public holidays*
CLOSED, Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day
Note: the introduction of extended weeknight trading in the Perth metropolitan area does not affect trading hours arrangements applying in regional areas. Traders may choose when they open within the specified trading hours.
Small retail shops
In part, small retail shops are shops owned by up to six people who operate no more than three retail shops, in which up to 18 people work at any one time (persons 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.
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:
- 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.
6.00am - 11:30pm, every day of the year.
Filling stations - service stations
Filling stations include any business that sells motor fuel.
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 3 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.
8.00am - 6.00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
8.00am - 9.00pm, Wednesday
8.00am - 1.00pm, Saturday
CLOSED, Public Holidays
Special Trading Precincts
Expanded general retail hours* across the metropolitan area will mean that a special trading precinct category will no longer be required. Traders will continue to be able to choose when they open within the permitted trading hours. For information on special trading precincts and their current retail trading hour arrangements see the Changes to retail trading hours page.
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.
On Rottnest Island the closing time for general retail shops has not been changed and remains 9:30pm.
Applying for a certificate
To apply for a small or special retail shop, or filling station certificate please refer to our forms.
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.
For further information contact us on (08) 9282 5641.
Metropolitan local government authorities and metropolitan shopping centres can apply to Consumer Protection for additional trading in support of special local events.
The terms and the frequency of applications are limited.
For further information contact us on (08) 9282 5641.
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) 9282 5641.
Retail trading hours
For further information regarding retail trading hours contact the Automotive, Marine and Trading Hours Branch of Consumer Protection on:
(08) 9282 5641.
For a precise statement of the law, we recommend you obtain a copy of the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987, or seek independent legal advice.
Retail shop lease information
Commercial tenants who have queries or concerns about their retail shop lease should contact the Small Business Commissioner. You can contact them on 131 BIZ (131 249), or email to email@example.com
For further information or advice regarding staff salary and wage implications can call Wageline which is a free and confidential private-sector employment information service. You can call 1300 655 266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org