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Liquor Licences

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The Office of the Committee for Home Affairs (''The Office'') is responsible for regulating liquor licensing legislation within Guernsey and Herm. The sale and supply of alcohol in Guernsey and Herm is regulated by the Liquor Licensing (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2006 (''The Ordinance'').

It is an offence under the Ordinance for a person to sell intoxicating liquor unless they hold a licence. An application can be made by an individual, a limited liability company, a club or an association.

If you have concerns about a licensed premises, or wish to complain about a licensed premises, please contact the Guernsey Police on 01481 725111.

For all general queries about liquor licensing in Guernsey and Herm, please contact the Business Support Assistant on 01481 717371. Alternatively you can email homeaffairs@gov.gg.

  • Licensing Hours, Fees and Renewal

    • Liquor Licensing Hours
    • Licensing Fees
    • Renewal - The Licensing year runs from 1st June to the 31st May the following year. The Office issues invoices inviting premises to renew their licence in mid-April. It is to be noted that failure to renew the licence or failure to receive the payment in clear funds by 4pm on the last working day of May, will mean that the licence will lapse at 23.59 on the 31st May and premises will not be able to trade as from midnight on 1st June. The renewal fees can be paid by BACS (please note that payment may take up to 3 days to clear), cash or by debit cards.
  • New Licensed Premises, Change of Designated Official

    • All applications for new licensee, new licensed premises, a change of Designated Official, or alterations can be presented to the Tuesday Ordinary Court at 9.45am (applicants need to arrive for 9.30am) without the need to employ an advocate but you can employ one should you wish to. This is for all the unopposed, straightforward applications.
    • As a result, the applicant will be in charge of contacting the Business Support Assistant with the fully filled application with the relevant fees (we can assist you with those) and the applicant will also need to send a copy of the application to the Parish Constables.
    • Please note that incomplete submitted application may cause a delay in the Court appearance.
    • Before making application, we advise you to contact the Business Support Assistant, homeaffairs@gov.gg or 01481 717371
    • The Court expects any attendees to a Court sitting to be dressed appropriately.
    • All applicants should consult the Guidance Notes issued by the Office to assist with the application process and deadlines
    • Application for a new licensed premises, change of licensee or change of Designated Official
  • Applications to extend an existing licence to cover additional locations or additional hours - Section 19

    • If you are already in charge of a licence and wish to apply to extend your licence to cover an unlicensed location, or to extend your hours, you will need to attend Court for the application to be heard. These applications are made under Section 19 of the Ordinance and you are advised to read this section of the Ordinance. You will not need to be represented by an advocate in these cases but will need to attend court. The court sits every Tuesday morning at 9.30am to hear these applications. To apply, please complete the online form 
    • The application needs to be accompanied by
      • a supporting letter including the following - please note that an email will not be accepted
        • Addressed to
        • -Addressed from
        • Date
        • A small description of the event, security arrangements if applicable, location, time
        • Signature
      • a plan showing the location of the bar
    • A copy of your application together with the relevant fee will also need to be sent to the Constables of the Parish in which the extension is to be exercised.
    • Please note that there is a fee attached to those applications for both the Court and the Constables.
    • The Court expects any attendees to a Court sitting to be dressed appropriately.
  • Applications for "Occasional Licences" to support fundraising activities - Section 20

    • If you are raising funds for a society or charitable purpose and wish to sell intoxicating liquor during an event, you can apply for an Occasional Liquor Licence Permit. Applications for these licences are made under Section 20 of the Ordinance and you are advised to read this section of the Ordinance. The person who will be in charge of the licence during this event will need to attend Court.
    • It is to note that the profits raised during the event will be used for the purpose of the Society and will not be kept for personal or commercial gain.
    • The Court sits every Tuesday morning at 9.30am. To apply, please complete the online form 
    • The application needs to be accompanied by
      • a supporting letter from the charitable organisation or society including the following - please note that an email will not be accepted
        • Addressed to
        • Addressed from
        • Date
        • A small description of the event, security arrangements if applicable, location, time
        • Signature
      • a plan showing the location of the bar (outdoor location only)
    • The Court expects any attendees to a Court sitting to be dressed appropriately.
  • Liquor Licensing exams

    • The Office, the Guernsey Police and the Courts expect anybody working in the licensed trade to have a good understanding of liquor licensing legislation.
    • Anybody who holds or makes an application to hold a Liquor Licence must have passed the Liquor Licensing examination. Therefore, any person wishing to hold a licence should make arrangements to sit the exam prior to attending the Royal Court.
    • The preparation for the examination is to be done by every individual using the presentation, the Liquor Licensing Ordinance 2006 Quick Guide (also available in Latvian, Polish and Portuguese), the Training Manual and the Liquor Licensing Ordinance 2006.
    • The examinations are every last Wednesday of the month and start at 10.30am and are held at Upland Road Business Centre, Upland Road, St Peter Port (unless specified otherwise). Please note that there is no parking available and we advised attendees to consider alternative means of transport. The Centre is located in town close to public carparks and walking distance from bus stops (please refer to this map for exact location).
    • Forthcoming examination dates are:
      • Wednesday 26 June
      • Wednesday 31 July
      • Wednesday  28 August
      • Wednesday  25 September
      • Wednesday 30 October
      • Wednesday 27 November
      • Wednesday  11 December
    • Candidates must pre-book their space on the exam  online or through the Business Support Assistant on homeaffairs@gov.gg.
    • There is a £15 fee for the exam. Following the attendance to the sessions, the Office will issue invoices to the concerned premises. Should a duplicate certificate be required, a £10 charge will be applied.
    • There is an expectation that people seeking to pass the exam will have read all the documents and made themselves familiar with the legislation.
  • Al Fresco Licences

    • Details on how to apply for Al Fresco Licences can be found on this page Should one wish to sell alcohol within their Al Fresco area, application to extend the liquor licence would need to be made. Please contact the Business Support Assistant for any further advice.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Application Forms

 

 

 

 

 

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General Guidance Notes on How to Apply for a Liquor Licence Under 18 Notice to be displayed in Licensed Premises

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