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:
- download and print the application form below (or collect one from Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street)
- fill in the form
- 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:
- download and print out the application form below (or collect one from Customer and Local Services at La Motte Street)
- fill in the form
- give the form and the fee to the Cashiers at Customer and Local Services, La Motte Street
Types of liquor licence
Licence 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.
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If your application for a licence is refused or withdrawn, the fee will be refunded to you.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:
- 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:
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