Special Retail Shop Certificate - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this approval if you operate a special retail shop and intend to open beyond the normal shopping hours. This approval allows you to trade between 6am and 11.30pm every day of the year. Special retail shops are shops considered necessary for convenience or emergency or offer weekend recreational goods, and include:

  • Newsagencies and bookshops;
  • Pharmacies;
  • Garden nurseries;
  • Hardware and home improvement shops;
  • 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.

You will not require any approval to trade outside normal trading hours if your business is:

  • Located north of the 26th parallel;
  • A restaurant or cafe;
  • A take-away food shop;
  • A veterinary clinic;
  • A transport terminal or station where public passenger transport services are running;
  • Part of a show held by an incorporated agricultural or horticultural society; or
  • Part of a bazaar or fair the proceeds of which are intended for religious, charitable or public purposes.

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

To be eligible for this certificate you must:

  • Be the operator of a shop which fits the definition of a special retail shop; and
  • Submit the required form.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.





No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of Commerce
Consumer Protection

Act(s) name

Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Retail Trading Hours Regulations 1988 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries, Retail Trading Hours
Department of Commerce
Consumer Protection

Operating address:
140 Willaim Street
Perth, Western Australia 6001
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 14
Cloisters Square PO
Western Australia 6850


08 6251 1406


08 6251 2818

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