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Apply for a non-resident business licence to work in Jersey

Who needs a non-resident business licence

Businesses from outside Jersey coming to work on the Island on a contract must have a non-resident business licence. This can be a non-resident company, partnership or sole trader.

You must have a licence before you start the work in Jersey and you must bring it with you when you travel to the Island.

You need a separate licence for each contract you have. If you work at more than 1 site under the same contract, you only need 1 licence.

A licence lasts up to 12 months. If your work extends longer than you planned, you can apply for a licence extension.

You need to pay for your licence. The cost depends on the number of days you work in Jersey. For details check out licence cost.

When you do not need a licence

You do not need to a licence if you're a non-resident business:

  • that provides building or construction services, and you’re working in Jersey for a total of 5 days or less in a period of 12 months. This 5 day limit is a combined total across all contracts you have in the same 12 months period. Check if your business falls into the subcategories of activities included in building and construction
  • not related to building or construction, and you’re working in Jersey for a total of 30 days or less in a period of 12 months. If you’re providing medical services you may qualify for the 60 days exemption below
  • that provides medical services, and you’re working in Jersey for a total of 60 days or less in a period of 12 months. Your contract must be with either:

Medical services must be one of the following:  

  • preventative medicine
  • medical diagnosis, research, care or treatment
  • management of health care services
  • installation and maintenance to critical infrastructure, specific for the health environment, medical equipment or facilities

What you need to apply and immigration permissions

Before you complete the application form, make sure you have:

  • details of your contract, including start and end date, number of days you’ll work and addres where the work will take place in Jersey
  • details of the non-resident business, including where the staff will stay and number of days they’ve worked in Jersey in the last 12 months
  • details of the Jersey business or individual with who the contract is
  • a debit or credit card to pay for the licence
  • the correct immigration permissions for you and your staff

Check if you need immigration permissions

All persons who are non-British or Irish, need immigration permission to visit or work in Jersey. Immigration permissions can include:

  • EU nationals with Settled or Pre-settled status
  • UK ancestry visa
  • Indefinite leave to remain
  • Work permit dependent visa
  • spouse or partner visa

You must make sure all staff coming to Jersey, including yourself, meet our immigration requirements before applying for your licence. Contact the Immigration Office to check if the individuals need a work permit or visa. Email immigration@gov.je or call +44 (0) 1534 448000.

Find further information on work permits: make an application.

Apply for a new licence

You must have a contract in place before you apply for your licence.

You can complete the application form if you’re the non-resident business coming to Jersey to work or the Jersey business or individual.

We’ll contact you once your application is approved to take your payment. Once you have paid, you’ll receive a copy of your licence. 

Your application can take up to 10 workings days to be approved.

Non resident business licence application form

Apply for a licence extension

You can apply to extend the licence on an existing contract if you came to Jersey less than 12 months ago to work on this contract. If you have not worked on this contract in Jersey in the last 12 months, you need to apply for a new licence.

We’ll contact you once your application is approved to take your payment. The cost for a licence extension is the same as a new licence. If you have days left on your current licence, we’ll take these into account when we calculate the fee.

Once you have paid, you’ll receive a copy of the extension.

Your application can take up to 10 workings days to be approved.

Application for a non-resident business licence extension

Licence cost

The cost for your new licence or extension depends on the number of days you work in Jersey in a period of 12 months.

You might not need to pay for a licence depending on the nature of your business and the number of days you work in Jersey.

Number of days working in JerseyCost
1 to 30 days£563.75
31 to 60 days£1,127.50
61 to 90 days£1,691.25
91 to 180 days£2,255
181 to 270 days£3,100.63
271 to 365 days£3,946.25


Subcategories of activities included in building and construction

Your activity is classed as building and construction services if it’s 1 of the subcategories listed below. For these activities you can come and work in Jersey without a licence for a maximum of 5 days over a 12-month period. This 5-day limit is a combined total across all contracts you have in the same 12-month period.

You’ll need a licence if your work in Jersey for more than 5 days in the same 12-month period.

The subcategories below are taken from the 2007 standard industry code groups.

Architectural and engineering activities or technical testing and analysis

Type of activity include:

  • architectural activities
  • architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancy
  • engineering design activities for industrial process and production
  • engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities
  • other engineering activities
  • technical testing and analysis
  • urban planning and landscape architectural activities

Civil engineering

This includes general construction for civil engineering works that are:

  • new
  • repairs
  • additions and alterations
  • erection of prefabricated structures on the site
  • temporary constructions

Type of activities include:

  • surface work on streets, roads, highways, bridges or tunnels and asphalt paving of roads
  • construction of:
    • roads and motorways
    • railways and underground railways
    • bridges and tunnels
    • utility projects
    • utility projects for fluids. For example, irrigation systems, sewerage systems, pipelines
    • utility projects for electricity and telecommunications
    • other civil engineering projects, not elsewhere classified
    • water projects
    • industrial facilities

Construction of buildings

Type of activities include:

  • development of building projects
  • construction of:
    • residential and non-residential buildings
    • commercial buildings
    • domestic buildings

Repair and installation of machinery, transport, equipment and facilities

Type of activities include:

  • repair of:
    • fabricated metal products, machinery and equipment
    • electronic and optical equipment
    • electrical equipment
    • other equipment
  • repair and maintenance of:
    • ships and boats
    • aircraft and spacecraft
    • other transport equipment, not elsewhere classified
    • motor vehicles
    • motorcycles and related parts and accessories
  • installation of industrial machinery and equipment
  • installation, repair, and maintenance of lifts
  • installation and maintenance of swimming pools or recreational facilities

Specialised construction and maintenance activities

This includes trades relating to:

  • the construction or preparation for construction of parts of buildings or civil engineering works
  • building or civil engineering works finishing and completion
  • repair, maintenance and refurbishment of buildings or civil engineering works

Type of activities include:

  • brick laying
  • building completion and finishing
  • carcass work
  • cleaning activities, including services to domestic and commercial buildings, equipment and appliances
  • commercial refrigeration
  • concrete work
  • demolition and site preparation, including all activities of preparing a site for subsequent construction activities. For example, clearing of building sites earth moving, excavation, landfill, levelling, grading, trench digging, rock removal, blasting, building site drainage
  • electrical installation. This class includes the installation, servicing and repair of electrical systems in all kinds of buildings and civil engineering structures and includes installation of electrical wiring and fittings, telecommunications wiring, computer network and cable tv wiring, entertainment systems, fibre optic, satellite dishes, lighting systems, fire alarms, burglar alarm systems, sprinkler systems, antennas, street lighting and electrical signals, airport runway lighting, installation of illumination and signalling systems for roads, railways, airports, harbours
  • electrical, plumbing and other construction installation activities, including installation activities that support the functioning of the building. For example, installation of electrical systems, plumbing for water, gas and sewage systems, heat and air conditioning systems or elevators
  • floor and wall covering, including laying, tiling, hanging or fitting
  • glazing
  • insulation work for water, heat or sound
  • interior design and refurbishment of buildings, infrastructure and transport
  • joinery installation, including the installation of doors, windows, door and window frames, of wood or other materials, installation of fitted kitchens, built in cupboards, shelves, staircases, shop fittings and the like, interior completion such as ceilings, movable partitions
  • other building completion and finishing
  • other construction installation such as installation in buildings or other construction or civil engineering projects of elevators, escalators, including repair and maintenance, automated revolving doors, lighting conductors, vacuum cleaning systems, thermal, sound or vibration insulation
  • other specialised construction activities, not elsewhere classified
  • other specialised construction activities, including construction of foundations, pile driving, damp proofing, water proofing, de-humidification of buildings, shaft sinking, erection of steel elements, steep bending, stone setting, erection of chimneys
  • painting
  • painting and glazing
  • plastering, including the application in buildings or other construction projects of interior and exterior plaster or stucco, included related lathing materials
  • plumbing, heating and air-conditioning installation. this includes additions, alterations, maintenance and repair, installation in buildings or other construction projects of heating systems such as electrical, gas and oil, furnaces, cooling towers, plumbing and sanitary equipment, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and ducts, gas fittings, steam piping, fire sprinkler systems, duct work installation 
  • roofing activities, including the erection of roofs, roof covering
  • scaffold erection, including scaffolds and work platform erection and dismantling including renting of scaffolds and work platforms
  • sheet metal work
  • specialised construction activities, other than scaffold erection, not elsewhere classified
  • stone setting and stonemasonry
  • test drilling and boring

Telecommunications

Type of activities include wired, wireless, satellite or other telecommunications.

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