Jersey Licensing Law – An Overview
No later than the 5th day of the month preceding a Licensing Assembly you must make your application for the grant of a licence and deliver it to the Treasurer of the States.
No later than the 15th day of the month preceding that in which the applications will be considered by the Licensing Assembly, the Treasurer of the States provides all the details of the application to the Bailiff, the Judicial Greffier, the Minister, the Chief Architect of the States, the Chief Fire Officer and the Chief Public Health Inspector and the Constable of the Parish
No licence shall be granted to any individual who has not resided in Jersey throughout the 3 years immediately preceding the date of the application for the licence, unless the Licensing Assembly is satisfied that the individual is a fit and proper person to have charge of licensed premises.
A licence shall not be granted to more than one person.
A person may be granted, in respect of the same premises, licences of such categories as the Licensing Assembly shall consider appropriate.
Save in the case of a sixth category licence, a person may not be granted a licence or licences in respect of more than one set of premises.
There are 4 general sittings of the Licensing Assembly every year. They take place in March, June, September and December. It is also possible for the Licensing Assembly to hold an extraordinary session if it thinks fit to do so.
First category- the Taverner’s Licence
This authorises the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption on the licensed premises to either persons residing on the premises at any time or any other persons during the permitted hours and in closed vessels for consumption off the licensed premises to any persons on weekdays between 9am and 9pm and on Sundays between 11 am and 9pm.
Second category- the Residential Licence
There must be a lounge which is not a bar lounge
No person shall consume any intoxicating liquor on licensed premises other than bona fide guests of a person accommodated for reward on the premises and then only between the hours of 6 a.m and 1 a.m the following day, or bona fide guests of the holder of the licence in that part of the licensed premises set aside exclusively for the ordinary residential use of the holder of the licence and the licence holder’s family
Third category- the Restaurant Licence
Authorises the sale by retail during the permitted hours of intoxicating liquor for consumption on the licensed premises to persons taking a meal on the premises
Fourth category- the Comprehensive Licence
Authorises the sale by retail of intoxicating liquor for consumption on the licensed premises to persons residing on the premises at any time or any other person during the permitted hours or in closed vessels for consumption off the licensed premises to any persons on weekdays between 9 a.m and 9 p.m and on Sundays between 11 pm and 9 pm.
Fifth category- the Club Licence
Authorises the sale by retail of intoxicating liquor for the consumption on the licensed premises to members of the club and their bona fide guests if resident on the premises at any time and if not resident on the premises, during the permitted hours.
Sixth category- the Off-Licence
Authorises the sale to any person during the permitted hours of intoxicating liquor in closed vessels for consumption off the licensed premises
Seventh category- the Entertainment Licence
A licence shall authorise the sale by retail of intoxicating liquor for consumption on licensed premises in respect of- a cinema from the earliest hour of the permitted hours until the end of the final performance or the latest hour of the permitted hours, whichever is the earlier – a theatre, from the earliest hour of the permitted hours to one hour after the end of the final performance or the latest hour of the permitted hours whichever is the earlier – a place of entertainment other than a cinema or a theatre during the permitted hours.
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