Exemption from Restricted Trading Days - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this exemption if you run a shop and you intend to open your shop on a restricted trading day. A shop is any premises used for the retail sale of goods. Restricted trading days are:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Anzac Day (restrictions are in force before 1pm only)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day (restrictions are only outside the Sydney Trading Precinct).

All non-exempt shops must be shut on restricted trading days. Businesses of certain kinds are automatically exempt, such as hotels, bars and certain small shops. Other businesses are required to apply for an exemption. A list of automatically exempt shops is contained in Schedule 1 of the Act.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

This exemption will not be granted it can be demonstrated that it is in the public interest to do so. The Agency will take into account the:

  • nature of your shop and the kinds of goods sold
  • need for your shop to be kept open on the day or days concerned
  • likely effect of the proposed exemption on the local economy, tourism and small businesses and other businesses in the area
  • likely effect of the proposed exemption on employees of, or persons working in, your shop.

Your shop must already be open at the time your application is made. Exemption is granted only on the condition that, on a restricted trading day, the shop is staffed only by persons who have freely chosen to work on that day. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Your application must be made at least 28 days prior to the restricted trading day.

Administering agency

The Treasury
NSW Industrial Relations

Act(s) name

Retail Trading Act 2008 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Retail Trading Regulation 2014 (New South Wales)

Contact details

The Treasury
NSW Industrial Relations

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 5469
Sydney, New South Wales 2001


13 16 28


02 9020 4700

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