Retail Trading Hours

UPDATE: Extended trading hours in Geraldton received official sign off by WA Minister for Commerce Hon Bill Johnston MLA in November 2018.

In a letter from the Minister, the application to adopt extended trading hours has now been officially approved after Council unanimously resolved to continue the trialled hours.

A 12-month trial of extended general retail trading hours was officially introduced in October 2017 after getting the tick of approval by the Minister.

As part of the trial, a comprehensive review was undertaken in the form of two independent surveys commissioned by the City including a survey on community views and on impact and views of the business community.

Survey reports confirmed 63 per cent of community respondents were in support of continuing extended trading hours.

Council endorsed the continuation of extended general retail trading hours at the September Council Meeting before seeking approval for the hours which align with Metropolitan Perth.

Briefing Note General Retail Trading Hours

Report to Council 25 September 2018

Draft Report 22 August 2018

  • Traders do not have to open, however, may choose when they open within the specified trading hours;
  • 8.00 am – 9.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday;
  • 8.00 am – 5.00 pm on Saturday;
  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm on Sunday;
  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm on public holidays;
  • CLOSED on Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day

All shops are regarded as general retail shops unless they fall under any one of the other categories including: small retail shops, special retail shops, filling - service stations or motor vehicle shops.

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Other Categories

Small Retail Shops

In part, small retail shops are shops owned by up to six people who operate no more than four retail shops, in which up to 25 people work at any one time (people employed as apprentices are not included in maximum permitted staffing numbers). Small retail shops may sell any goods other than motor vehicles.

To trade as a small retail shop, a certificate is required. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge. Shops in this category can trade 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Special retail shops

Special retail shops are considered necessary for emergency, convenience or recreation goods. Special retail shops include:

  • Pharmacies
  • Garden nurseries
  • Hardware and home improvement shops
  • Newsagencies and bookshops
  • Video shops
  • Art and craft shops
  • Souvenir and duty free shops
  • Shops at sports venues
  • Boating shops
  • Motor vehicle spare parts shops
  • Shops at international standard hotels


To trade as a special retail shop a certificate is required. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge. The list of the goods able to be sold are prescribed in the regulations. Trading hours: 6.00 am – 11:30 pm every day of the year.

Filling stations – service stations

Filling stations include any business that sells motor fuel. Filling station trading hours are deregulated in all areas. There are restrictions on the range of nonpetroleum goods which may be sold from filling stations after general retail shop trading hours.

Motor vehicle shops – car yards

A motor vehicle shop includes any shop where motor vehicles are sold. Trading hours:

  • 8.00 am – 6.00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8.00 am – 9.00 pm on Wednesday
  • 8.00 am – 1.00 pm on Saturday
  • CLOSED on Sundays and public holidays