Ashburton District Council has decided against introducing an Easter Sunday Trading Policy for the district at its meeting on Thursday 23 February.
A Council report found there was little demand for a policy, which would have determined if local businesses could trade in all or parts of the district on Easter Sunday.
"Council consulted with a number of local retail businesses and feedback received suggested there was very little demand for adopting a policy," Council Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says.
"Council has decided against adopting a policy at this stage, but should demand arise in the future, Council could again look at adopting one."
Of the businesses who supported an Easter Sunday Trading Policy, only two currently open on Sundays and one business stated they may want to open on Easter Sunday in future.
Under changes to the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016, territorial authorities now have the ability to adopt Easter Sunday Trading policies.
Council had made a decision to investigate the demand for a policy at the December 2016 Council meeting.