Action against head shops

Advice for local authorities and other public bodies on the types of offences head shops may be committing, and guidance and recommendations.


This guidance highlights the range of options available for local authorities and other public bodies to address the issue of head shops in their area. Head shops are retail outlets selling NPS (also known as ‘legal highs’) and drug paraphernalia.

The guidance covers the offences that head shops may be committing under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985, and consumer protection regulations as well as the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It also gives case studies where councils and police have worked to successfully stop the consumption and sale of NPS in their area.