London Borough of Croydon

Under age sales

It is a criminal offence for businesses to sell alcohol, cigarettes, fireworks, solvents, butane lighter refills and offensive weapons such as knives, air guns and cross bows to people under the age of 18. 

Similar rules apply to lottery tickets, aerosol spray paints, party poppers and liqueur chocolates where the age limit is 16. Videos and computer games may have 12, 15 or 18 age limits. In each case it is a criminal offence to sell any of these products to a person under the specified age.

Product Minimum age for purchase
Adult fireworks 18
Alcoholic drinks 18
Aerosol spray paints 16
Butane cigarette-lighter refills 18
Crossbows and lookalike guns 18
DVDs, videos and certain consoles games 12, 15 or 18, as marked
Knives, axes and blades 18
Lottery tickets 16
Liqueur confectionery 16
Petrol 16
Tobacco products and cigarette papers 18

Report under age sales to us

If you suspect that a local shop is selling age-restricted goods to children, contact us. We will investigate and, if necessary, arrange a properly supervised 'test purchase'. If you need advice about the sale of age restricted goods, contact us. We can only help you if the shop concerned is within the borough. 

Visit our age restricted product advice webpage for more information.



Trading Standards

020 8407 1311
020 8760 5797
020 8760 5786
Address Line:

Bernard Weatherill House

6th Floor, Zone A

8 Mint Walk




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