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Trading standards - preventing age restricted sales

Underage sales and anti-social behaviour

The problems of anti-social behaviour are often linked to underage sales of goods. If we can cut the access young people have to age restricted products, anti-social behaviour may be reduced.


We offer advice and education to business on how to avoid making illegal sales of age restricted products to young people.

To help support business we can offer SME’s based in South Gloucestershire free access to the Trading Standards South West (TSSW) online interactive No Proof of Age No Sale (NPOANS) toolkit to help train staff on underage sales prevention.

If you are interested in adopting NPOANS, please e-mail TSSW at or you can call them on 01726 218768.

This authority recommends that business owners adopt the Challenge 25 age verification policy for preventing age restricted goods and services from being supplied to anyone who is underage.


Free guidance on underage sales prevention can be found on the business Companion website at


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