This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. Please note that some of the advice we provide to businesses is chargeable.
It is a criminal offence to sell alcohol to persons under 18.
If a sale is made to a person under 18, the person buying, the cashier selling, the designated premises supervisor and the owner of the business commit an offence.
The retailer’s licence to sell alcohol may be at risk.
It is also an offence for any person under the age of 18 to sell alcohol without direct supervision from a duly authorised person. It is an offence to supply anyone under 16 with liqueur chocolates.
The maximum penalty for these offences is a fine of £5000.
If there are two sales in a short period, a review of the premise licence may be called for and the Licensing Authority may revoke the licence.