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Liquor licences

Selling alcohol and applying for a liquor licence

You must have a licence if you sell alcohol. It is an offence under Article 78(1) of the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974 for a person to sell intoxicating liquor unless they hold a licence.

Who can apply for a licence

An individual, limited liability company, club or association can apply for a liquor licence.

Renewing a licence

Licences expire annually on 24 December. They must be renewed between the 5 October and 5 November. Late applications between the 6 November and 14 December are accepted subject to payment of an additional fee of £200.

To renew a liquor licence you must:

  1. download and print the application form below (or collect one from Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street)
  2. fill in the form
  3. bring the form, the fee and your licence document to the Cashiers at Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street

Apply for a new licence

To apply for a liquor licence you must:

  1. download and print out the application form below (or collect one from Customer and Local Services at La Motte Street)
  2. fill in the form  
  3. give the form and the fee to the Cashiers at Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street

Types of liquor licence

Type of establishment Licence required 
Public houses (pubs) Taverner’s 
Hotels and guest houses Residential
Premises run as restaurants 
Restaurant
A limited number of hotelsComprehensive
Private sporting or social clubs Club
Traditional off-licences, general stores and newsagents that sell alcohol along with groceries and other goods, and those who wish to sell alcohol either to the wholesale market or to individuals following wine tastingOff-licence 
Theatres, cinemas, night clubs and other places of entertainmentEntertainment

Licenc​e fees and how to pay

The fee depends on the type of licence you apply for, and the date the (annual) licence expires.​

Licence categories and expiry dates

If you want licences of different categories to apply to the same premises, you must pay a separate fee for each category of licence.

If a licence will expire within six months of its start date, the fee for the licence will be half of that shown in the table below.​​

Type of licenceCost 
Taverner's licence

£434, plus a fee of £1.07 multiplied by the maximum number of persons who may at any time be accommodated for reward on the premises

Residential licenceA fee of £1.07 multiplied by the number of approved residents, with a minimum fee of £136 
Restaurant licence£434
Comprehensive licence£1,082,  plus a fee of £2.15 multiplied by the number of approved residents
Club licence£324
Off-licence£114
Entertainment licence
(a) cinemas, theatres
£434
Entertainment licence
(b) places of entertainment other than cinemas and theatres
A fee of £1.07 multiplied by the number of persons mentioned in the permit for entertainment granted by the Bailiff in respect of the premises, with a minimum fee of £434

When a fee may be refunded 

If your application for a licence is refused or withdrawn, the fee will be refunded to you.

How to pay the licence fee

You can pay by:

  • card
  • cash (at the treasury cashier office, Customer and Local Services at La Motte Street)
  • cheque (made payable to the Treasurer of the States)

When to apply for a licence

You can apply for a licence at any time of the year.

The licensing assembly meets in March, June, September and December. If you want your application to be heard at the next meeting, your application form needs to be returned to us no later than the fifth day of the month before the month when the licensing assembly meets. The deadlines are listed in the table below:

Meeting of the licensing assembly

Deadline for applications 

March 5 February 
June 5 May 
September 5 August 
December 5 November 

Where the fifth of the month falls on a weekend or a public holiday, you must make sure that the completed application form is delivered to us before close of business on the last working day before that date.

Other registrations or inspections required

When your application is received, the Fire and Rescue Services and Environmental Health will be notified.

Where an application is made for a grant of license, the Constable of the Parish concerned may request the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service and Environmental Health to make an inspection of the premises to which the application relates.

The Licensing Assembly, in deciding whether or not any application should be granted, shall have regard to the suitability of the premises and the outcome of such inspections.

Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

As part of the application process you may need an inspection by the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service.

You must make a formal application to have your premises inspected. The cost of the inspection is set out in the application form.

Email the Jersey Fire and Rescue Team

Toilet requirements in licensed premises

As part of the application process you may need an inspection by Environmental Health.

This inspection will look at the general state and condition of the premises in addition to the sanitary provisions which must comply with the requirements of licensed premises.

Toilet ​requirements for licensed premises and places of refreshment document

Additionally, for new food businesses, you must also register your business under the Food (Registration of Premises) (Jersey) Order.

Application form for registration of food premises

Email the Environmental Health Team

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