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

Licence to work in Jersey

If you or your company plan to work in Jersey, you’ll need to apply for a non-resident business licence.

You must make sure that you have:

  • a contract in place before you apply for your licence
  • a separate licence for each contract you’re working on in Jersey
  • your licence approved before starting work in Jersey

If you work on a contract which covers more than 1 site, you only need to apply for 1 licence and pay 1 fee.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re either a:

  • company
  • partnership
  • sole trader (not living in Jersey)
  • contracting business or person in Jersey applying on behalf of a company, partnership or sole trader coming to work in Jersey

Who is exempt from a licence

You don't need to apply for a licence if you're:

  • a non-resident building or construction business working on a contract in Jersey for an combined period of 5 days or less in a 12 month period
  • a non-resident business coming to Jersey to complete a contract of work for medical purposes for an combined period of 60 days or less in a 12 month period. The contract of work must be with either a Government funded body, an organisation receiving any amount of Government funding or an organisation registered under the Nursing and Residential Homes (Jersey) Law 1994 or licensed under the Nursing Agencies (Jersey) Law 1978
  • a non-resident business (not related to building or construction) coming to complete a contract of work in Jersey for an combined period of 30 days or less in a 12 month period

Check if you need Immigration permission

If you’re planning to bring individuals to work in Jersey who are not British or Irish and do not hold an existing Immigration permission, you must contact Jersey Customs and Immigration Service. They will check if the individuals need a work permit.

Existing Immigration permissions include, for example:

  • 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 the correct Immigration permissions are in place for any non British or Irish nationals before applying for a non-resident business licence.

Jersey Customs and Immigration Service
T: +44 (0) 1534 448000
Email Immigration Jersey

Find out more on who can work in Jersey without requiring a work permit on Work permits: make an application.

What you need to apply

Before completing your application have the following details ready:

  • number of days you’ve worked in Jersey in the last 12 months (if you have worked on the same contract email Business Licensing before completing the application)
  • number of days you expect to work in Jersey
  • name of the contractor you’ll be working for in Jersey (this can be an individual)
  • name and address of the company, partnership or sole trader coming to Jersey to work
  • address of where you’ll be working in Jersey
  • start and end dates of your contract
  • address of where you’ll be staying in Jersey (for example, a hotel)
  • your debit or credit card 

Apply for a licence

You can apply for a licence by completing the application form.

Note that our online application form is currently undergoing maintenance and will be live again as soon as possible.

Application form for a non-resident business licence

Your can only pay for your licence via BACS payment or by cheque.

Cheques must be made payable to the Social Security Department.

Once your licence is granted, you'll be contacted with a unique reference for you to make your payment. Do not make any BACS payments until you have received your unique reference.

Cost of licence

The cost for your licence depends on the number of days you’ll be working in Jersey.

A licence lasts up to 12 months.

Number of days working in Jersey (in a 12 month period)
1 to 30 days
31 to 60 days£1,100
61 to 90 days
91 to 180 days£2,200
181 to 270 days
271 to 365 days£3,850

There may be certain time periods where you don't have to pay a fee, depending on your:

  • type of work
  • contract
  • length of time that you’ll be working in Jersey

If you’ve been working in Jersey within the last year

If you’re returning to Jersey to work on a contract that you've been working on within the last 12 months, don’t complete an application. Email business licensing.

Extending your licence

If your licence has expired after 12 months and you need to extend it, contact us. You can email, phone us on +44 (0) 1534 444444.

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