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 when extended trading may apply such as over the Christmas period or on some public holidays.
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.
General retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area are able to open between 8am-6pm on the following public holidays:
- Labour Day Monday, 5 March 2018
- Easter Monday Monday, 2 April 2018
- Western Australia day Monday, 4 June 2018
- Queen's birthday Monday, 24 September 2018
General trading hours
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
Traders do not have to open, however may choose when they open within the specified trading hours.
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 trading hours of the following store types are not covered by the Act:
- takeaway food shops,
- short-term markets (set up and dismantled in one day), and
- shops on Rottnest Island
Small and special retail shops
You must apply for a certificate if you want to trade as a small or special retail shop.
Small retail shops can trade 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Special retail shops are considered necessary for emergency, convenience or recreation goods. Shops in this category can trade between 6.00 am – 11:30 pm 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.
For further information on after hours non-petroleum stock options contact Trading Hours enquiries on (08) 6251 1406.
The list of the goods able to be sold are prescribed in the regulations.
Motor vehicle shops (car yards)
A motor vehicle shop includes any shop where motor vehicles are sold.
Motor vehicle shops 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
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.
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.
For further information on retail trading hours, shop leases and wages, contact:
Retail trading hours
Retail shop lease information
Automotive, Marine and Trading Hours Branch of Consumer Protection
Small Business Development Corporation
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