There are a large range of goods that many people think are age restricted, but in fact are not.

This is a list of some of the common ones.

This section does not suggest that these goods ought not be restricted and many retailers will voluntary still refuse to sell these goods to children and young people. However, there is no legal obligation to do so.

Household Chemicals & Cleaners

Products that contain hazard symbols are not necessarily age restricted. There may be restrictions on selling them to anybody, or there may be some specific restrictions on some products with the symbol, but not others (such as explosive substances). There are many common products with "Hazardous" symbols on them, such as household bleach, surface cleaners, oven cleaners, shoe cleaners, etc. These are generally not age restricted.


There are no age restrictions on the sale of matches, despite them often being part of tobacco displays in shops.


There are no age restrictions on the sale of condoms, although legally they may not be used for sexual activity by any person under the age of 16 years.

"Top Shelf" Magazines

There is an industry code of practice managed by the Periodical Publishers Association concerning the display and marketing of "Adult" magazines, but (other than general restrictions on obscene publications) there are no age restrictions on the sale of "Adult" magazines.