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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 complete the online form by clicking on the link below.

Once you have submitted the form you will receive a payment of fee notification email. Payments can be made by credit or debit cards only.

Alternative methods of payment can be arranged, contact the Hospitality and Leisure Manager.

To revalidate your liquor licence send the original liquor licence to the following address:

Liquor Licensing 
Infrastructure, Housing and Environment – Regulation
PO Box 228
St Helier
JE4 9SS

Your original licence will be returned to yourself in due course. A copy licence, showing the endorsement of the renewal and expiry date will be returned to you by email.

Your orginal licence must be kept in a safe place and made available to view on request. The revalidated copy licence must be displayed in a conspicuous place in the interior of the licensed premised near the main entrance.

Liquor licence renewal application

Apply for a new licence

To apply for a new licence complete the online form by clicking on the link below.

Additional information including business models / plans, floor plans, external al fresco areas will also be required at the time of application.  This documentation can be uploaded as part of the online process.

An application for a provisional licence can only be accepted if it is accompanied by plans of the premises and evidence that such consents for the construction or adaptation of the premises as may be required under any enactment that has been obtained. For example a building permit has been issued by Infrastructure, Housing & Environment under the building by-laws for work to commence.

Once you have submitted the form you will receive a payment of fee notification email. Payments can be made by credit or debit cards only.

Alternative methods of payment can be arranged, contact the Hospitality and Leisure Manager.

Liquor licence application

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

Once you have submitted the application form you will receive payment of fee notification email. Payments can be made by credit or debit card only.

Alternative methids of payment can be arranged, contact the Hospitality and Leisure Manager.

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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