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Luton Borough Council is responsible for enforcing the laws that deal with the sale of age-restricted products which must not be sold to persons under a stipulated age.

Luton Borough Council is responsible for enforcing the laws that deal with the sale of age-restricted products. These are products, such as alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, intoxicating solvents, lottery tickets, knives, DVDÔ€™s, which must not be sold to persons under a stipulated age.

Luton Agecheck project has been running for the past four years with the aim of reducing the availability of such products to young people. Agecheck information packs are available on request and include guidance notes, notices, posters and other training materials to assist traders in preventing illegal sales.

Test purchasing is carried out regularly to check that retailers are obeying the law. Child volunteers are used to see if they are able to buy age-restricted products. In 2008-9, 28% of shops visited made illegal sales.

To minimise the risk of committing an offence retailers should ensure that staff and anyone who may serve customers with age-restricted products receives regular training.


Product Minimum age
Alcohol 18 years
Cigarettes & tobacco products including vending machines sales 18 years
Caps, cracker snaps, throwdowns, party poppers, novelty matches 16 years
Lighter refills containing butane 18 years
Solvents /volatile substances 18 years
Videos/DVDs/computer games.
Classification 12
Classification 15
Classification 18

12 years
15 years
18 years
Knives /offensive weapons 18 years
Lottery tickets/instant win cards 16 years

If you would like an information pack, an electronic reader or any further advice, please ring the business advice line on 01582 54 72 62 or click on the links below.

AgeCheck Information pack
 
Agecheck Agecheck declaration
Agecheck Agecheck record of refusal
Agecheck Agecheck acceptable proof of age
Agecheck Agecheck age restricted goods
Agecheck Agecheck alcohol restrictions
Agecheck Agecheck cigarette lighter refill, solvents restrictions
Agecheck Agecheck fireworks restrictions
Agecheck Agecheck lottery restrictions
Agecheck Agecheck tobacco and cigarettes
Agecheck Agecheck video and DVD restrictions