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Your census form

You can complete your household form on paper or online. The main householder must complete the form for everyone that usually lives there.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed the circumstances in your household. If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now.

A householder, or joint householder is someone who:

  • owns or rents (or jointly owns or rents) the accommodation
  • handles paying the household bills and expenses

The household form has two sections:

It should take a few minutes to answer the questions about your household and dwelling. You then need to complete a set of individual questions for each person who is usually resident in your household. This should take around 5 minutes for each person (less for children). You will answer most of the census questions simply by ticking a box.

You must answer all questions that apply to you and your household, except for the individual questions 14 (sexual orientation) and 15 (gender identity) which are both voluntary. If you don't want to answer them, just leave them blank.

If there is a mistake with the address printed on your form just write in the correct address in the box on the front page and complete the form. You can also amend the address details on the online form.

If you live in a communal establishment or choose to complete a personal form

If you live in a communal establishment or you've chosen to complete your own form for privacy reasons, you just need to complete the individual questions 1 to 26.

Who to include

Everyone who is usually resident at your address should be included, even if they are temporarily away. You also need to list any visitors staying at your address on census night (visiting for less than one month). If you're staying with a friend or relative they will fill in details about your visit and you should fill in your census form when you get home.

Include people who are:

  • students at university or boarding school
  • absent on business or living away from home whilst working
  • on holiday or travelling for less than 12 months
  • staying, or expecting to stay, in an establishment such as a hospital or care home for less than 6 months
  • visiting friends or relatives
  • absent on military service
  • in prison for less than 6 months

Do not include anyone who is:

  • staying, or expecting to stay, in a residential establishment for 6 months or more (eg hospital or care home)
  • in prison, convicted and sentenced to 6 months or more, or who is waiting to be sentenced

If you are going to be out of the Island for an extended length of time, contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us for advice.

Overseas visitors

People from outside of Jersey must be included on a census form as either a resident or visitor, depending on their length of stay:

  • less than one month: include as a visitor by listing their name and address in question H2
  • one month or more: include as a resident in question H1 and then complete individual questions 1 to 26

Carers

Include a carer that usually lives at your address as a resident. List them in household question H1 and answer the individual questions 1 to 26.

A carer that usually lives elsewhere but is staying at your address on the night of 21 March, only needs to be listed as a visitor in question H2. They will be included as a resident on the form at their home address.

Children whose parents live apart

Children should be included as residents at the address where they spend the majority of their time. If they're staying overnight at their other address on 21 March, include them as a visitor on the form for that address (question H2). If they live equally between 2 addresses, include them as a resident at the address where they're staying overnight on 21 March.

People with no usual address

Include people who usually live in Jersey but have no usual address as a resident at the address where they're staying overnight on 21 March. They should be listed in household question H1 and answer the individual questions 1 to 26.

Lodgers

Include lodgers living in a private household on the form if they share cooking facilities and living accommodation. The lodger can complete the individual questions 1 to 26 separately to the rest of the household by requesting an individual questionnaire.

Lodgers who don't share cooking facilities or living accommodation with the rest of the household should complete their own separate household questionnaire. 

You can contact us on +44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us to request additional census forms.

Unrelated or shared households

One of the householders or tenants must complete household questions H1 to H6 and individual questions 1 to 26 for each household member.

How to complete your questions

You can find detailed information on how to complete each question on your form in our household census questions H1 to H6 page and individual census questions 1 to 26 page.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have changed the circumstances in your household. If that’s the case, fill in the census based on what your situation is now.

Request another census form

If you need another census form contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

If there are more than 6 people in your household, you need a continuation form, or you can complete your census online. 

Answering separately from your household (personal form)

For reasons of privacy, if you're aged 16 or over you can request an individual form and return it separately. Your name still needs to be listed on the household form but the individual questions for you should be left blank.

If anyone in your household wishes to use an individual form, the household cannot complete the census online. 

Contact us to request an individual form on +44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us.

How to complete questions in your individual census form


How we keep your information safe

We take data confidentiality very seriously and we want you to feel safe about sharing your personal information with us.

Find out how we'll keep your information safe


Lost your form?

If you've lost your paper census form, contact us on + 44 (0) 1534 444400 or email us and we can post your household access code to you.

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