Shop Trading Hours

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 regulates the trading hours of retail shops in South Australian shopping districts.

These shopping districts consist of:

Under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977, non-exempt shops in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (excluding those located in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct) are permitted to remain open until 9.00 pm on all weekdays (excluding full-day public holidays) and until 5.00 pm on Saturdays. In addition, these non-exempt shops can trade between the hours of 11.00 am and 5.00 pm on all Sundays (excluding Easter Sunday).

In addition to the hours above, non-exempt shops located in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct (PDF 433kb) can trade on all full-day public holidays from 11am to 5pm (except Good Friday, Christmas Day and before 12 noon on 25 April). Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct are also permitted to trade from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm on Easter Sunday.

Shops outside the Greater Adelaide Shopping District or a Proclaimed Shopping District (PDF 37kb) are exempt from shop trading legislation and can trade when they wish, including on all public holidays.

Other shops are exempt from the Act by virtue of the type of goods they sell or because they are of a certain size and can trade when they wish, including on all public holidays. See the full list of shops that are exempt.

Non-exempt shops in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (but outside the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct) can trade:

  • until 9.00 pm Mondays to Fridays, including part-day public holidays;
  • until 5.00 pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday; and
  • between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm on Sundays, excluding Easter Sunday.

Non-exempt shops in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (but outside the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct) cannot trade on full-day public holidays, except for Easter Saturday.

Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct (PDF 433kb) can trade:

  • until 9.00 pm Mondays to Fridays, including part-day public holidays;
  • until 5.00 pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday; and
  • between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm on Sundays and all full-day public holidays (except Good Friday, 25 December and before 12 noon on 25 April). 

Non-exempt shops in Proclaimed Shopping Districts (PDF 37kb) can trade until:

  • 6.00 pm on all weekdays except Thursday;
  • 9.00 pm on Thursdays including part-day public holidays; and
  • 5.00 pm on Saturdays (except Easter Saturday).

Non-exempt shops in Proclaimed Shopping Districts cannot trade on Sundays or full-day public holidays.

Boats and motor vehicles in Shopping Districts may be sold until:

  • 6.00 pm Mondays to Wednesdays;
  • 9.00 pm Thursdays and Fridays, including part-day public holidays; and
  • 5.00 pm Saturdays

Boats and motor vehicles cannot be sold on Sundays or full-day public holidays, including Easter Saturday.

Shops selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings or motor vehicle parts and accessories can trade:

  • until 9.00 pm on weekdays, including part-day public holidays;
  • until 5.00 pm on a Saturday, including Easter Saturday; and
  • from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all full-day public holidays (except Good Friday, 25 December and before 12 noon on 25 April).