Single use plastic and paper bags
From 21 July 2022 the Single Use Plastics etc. (Restrictions) (Jersey) Law 2021 comes into effect and applies to all traders.
- you can't import or supply single use plastic and paper bags
- reusable plastic and paper bags must be provided to customers at a minimum price of 70p
- failure to comply may lead to a Level 2 fine of £1,000
Find more single use plastic and paper bag guidance, including prohibited bags and those you can still use.
Distance selling (online selling)
If you sell goods or services at a distance you must comply with the Distance Selling (Jersey) Law 2007 . This law applies for sales done via:
- the internet
- text messaging
- phone calls
- mail order
Controls on distance selling
There are 31 commercial practices banned by the law. This ban protects the economic interests of all consumers. See the list of the 31 banned unfair commercial practices.
Consumer protection law
If you sell goods or services, you must comply with laws and regulations in place to protect consumers. The law simplifies consumer rights and makes clear which commercial practices are banned.
The Consumer Protection (Unfair Practices) (Jersey) Law
Learn more about
your consumer rights (Trading Standards).
Your customers have legal rights when they buy goods.
You only need a returns policy if you want to give your customers additional rights beyond their minimum entitlement by law.
Learn more about
your company returns policy or your customers' legal rights on
supply of goods and services (statutory rights).
Misleading or false information
You cannot give misleading or false information to consumers about your product or contract, including:
- misleading actions
- misleading omissions
- material information
Material information and misleading actions
As a distributor or producer, you're responsible for the safety of the goods you supply. You must also comply with relevant standards.
Providing safe products to your customers: information for businesses and suppliers
You have certain obligations if you:
Trading Standards use measures to remove the risk to consumer safety for any goods you sell, supply or produce that are not safe. These are known as
Only certain shops can open on Sundays. This depends on the size of your shop's retail area. Otherwise your shop can only open on Sundays 5 times per year and on special occasions.
Find more details on
Sunday trading including how to apply for a Sunday trading permit.
Trading on a beach or slipway
Your may be able to trade on a beach or slipway depending on your business' circumstances. In any cases, you'll need a licence. For further information on the law and how to apply for a licence see
trading on a beach or slipway.
Selling and displaying tobacco
Under the law you cannot sell tobacco to any person under the age of 18.
It's also illegal to display tobacco products in shops and businesses in Jersey. There are certain situations where temporary displays may be allowed but only in the limited circumstances.
regulations on selling tobacco and on smoking law: regulations and factsheets.
E-cigarettes and butane canisters
Under the law you cannot sell to any person under the age of 18:
- lighter refill canisters containing either butane or a substance containing butane
- nicotine inhaling products (e-cigarettes)
- nicotine vaporisers (e-cigarettes vaporisers)
- any e-cigarettes component parts
restrictions on sale of butane canisters and e-cigarettes for more information.
Weighing or measuring equipment
Certain weighing or measuring equipment used for trade must be verified by an inspector before you can use them under the
Weights and Measures (Jersey) Law, 1967 on Jersey Law website.
Fees are charged whenever weighing or measuring equipment is tested and stamped as fit for trade use.
If you have equipment requiring verification email Trading Standards or call 01534 448160.
Become a supplier for the Government of Jersey
Any business can become a supplier for the Government of Jersey.
Tender opportunities are advertised differently depending on contract value and confidentiality.
Learn where to find tender opportunities and how to apply for them on
becoming a supplier to the States of Jersey.