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  • What is the Open Market?

    • If you are not familiar with life in Guernsey, learning more out how our housing market works is a good place to start.
    • Guernsey's housing market is divided into two sectors, known as the Open Market and the Local Market.  The rules about who can live in Open Market housing are much more relaxed than those about who can live in the Local Market.  Because of this, Open Market housing is usually more expensive to rent or buy than Local Market housing.
    • The Open Market is made up of about 1,450 family homes (Part A); 52 hotels (Part B); 10 care homes (Part C); and 170 houses in multiple occupation, "HMOs" (Part D).
  • Application Fees

  • Open Market Part A (Private Family Homes)

    • Apply for a Certificate as the householder of a Part A house - OMRC(A)  - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit as a Part A householder's immediate/extended family member - OMFMRP(A) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit for your Part A live-in household staff (once you have this Permit you can apply for a Permit for their immediate family) -  (only employers can apply for this) - OMEP(A) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit for your Part A lodger - OMLRP(A) - Apply
    • If you live in a Part A family home as the owner or lease holder (the "householder"), you can live in Guernsey for as long as you want to, and work in any job.  There can only be one Open Market householder in each Part A house.  If you are the householder, your immediate family members and extended family members can live with you, and they can work in any job.
    • If you have live-in household staff, they can live with you too (with their immediate family), as long as they work for you full-time.
    • There is no time limit on how long you, your immediate and extended family, and your live-in staff (and their immediate family), can live in an Open Market Part A house.
    • If you have spare space for a lodger, one lodger can share your home with you.  But your lodger will only be able to live with you for 5 years before needing to take a Recognised Break in Residence.
    • Remember anyone living with you who is aged 16+ will need to hold a Certificate or Permit. 
    • Generally, people who move to Guernsey to live in Open Market accommodation as adults, are not building up any rights to live in Local Market housing.
    • Of course, house guests can stay with you too.  They can stay for up to 90 days in any 12 months without needing a Permit.  If you plan to have a house guest for longer than 90 days, you should Contact Us for advice.
    • Locate Guernsey is here to help if you're thinking of moving to Guernsey.
    • Open Market Part A Information:
    • pdf icon Important information for people living in Shared Open Market Part A Housing [284kb]
    • pdf icon Important Information for people living in shared Open Market Part A housing looking to move house before 3 April 2017 [286kb]
  • Open Market Part B (Hotels)

    • Apply for a Certificate as the householder of a Part B hotel - OMRC(B) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit as a Part B householder's immediate family member - OMFMRP(B) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit for your Part B live-in staff - (only employers can apply for this) - OMEP(B) - Apply
    • If you live in a Part B hotel as the owner or lease holder (the "householder"), you can live in Guernsey for as long as you want to.  There can only be one Open Market householder in each Part B hotel.  If you are the householder, your immediate family members can live with you, and they can work in any job.
    • If you have on-site staff accommodation this can be used to house your full-time staff.  They can live and work for you for 5 years before needing to take a Recognised Break in Residence.  If you need to keep a member of staff for more than 5 years, you will need to apply for a Long-Term Employment Permit for them. 
    • Remember anyone living with you who is aged 16+ will need to hold a Certificate or Permit.
    • Of course, tourists can live in your accommodation too!  Any tourist can stay for up to 90 days in any 12 months without needing a Permit. 
    • If you plan to have any tourist for longer than 90 days, you should contact us for advice.
    • If someone is staying in your hotel while visiting the Island in the course of their work, and they usually work and their employer is not based in Guernsey, they can stay for 10 days in any 30-day period without needing a Permit, so long as they don't build up more than 90 days in Guernsey in any 12 months. 
    • If someone staying in your hotel is employed by a Guernsey-based employer, they will need a Permit.
  • Open Market Part C (Nursing/Residential Homes)

    • Apply for a Certificate as the householder of a Part C care home - OMRC(C) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit as a Part C householder's immediate family member - OMFMRP(C) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit for your Part C live-in staff -  (only employers can apply for this) - OMEP(C) - Apply
    • If you live in a Part C care home as the owner or lease holder (the "householder"), you can live in Guernsey for as long as you want to.  There can only be one Open Market householder in each Part C care home.  If you are the householder, your immediate family members can live with you, and they can work in any job.
    • If you have on-site staff accommodation this can be used to house your full-time staff.  They can live and work for you for 5 years before needing to take a Recognised Break in Residence.  If you need to keep a member of staff for more than 5 years, you will need to apply for a Long-Term Employment Permit for them. 
    • Residents of your care home will also need to hold a Certificate or Permit to show that they are able to live in Guernsey.  It is not usual for a person who has never lived in Guernsey to be given a Permit so that they can move into a care home here.
  • Open Market Part D (House of Multiple Occupation)

    • Apply for a Certificate as the householder of a Part D HMO - OMRC(D) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit as a Part D householder's immediate family member - OMFMRP(D) - Apply
    • Apply for a Permit as a Part D HMO resident - OMHMORP(D) - Apply
    • If you live in a Part D house in multiple occupation (HMO) as the owner or lease holder (the "householder"), you can live in Guernsey for as long as you want to.  There can only be one Open Market householder in each Part D HMO.  If you are the householder, your immediate family members can live with you, and they can work in any job.
    • If you live in a Part D HMO as a resident, you can live in Guernsey and work in any job for 5 years before needing to take a Recognised Break in Residence.

Open Market Employment Permits

Open Market Employment Permits are issued to people who work in the Open Market property they live in.
(Please note: Only the employer can apply for these Permits).

  • Open Market Employment Permits Part A (Private Family Homes)

    • Apply for an Employment Permit Part A - OMEP(A) - Apply
    • For domestic employees working in an Open Market private family home and living in on-site Open Market accommodation
      • Valid for a maximum of 5 years at a time
      • Renewable as long as the full-time employment continues
      • Tied to working in a named role for a named employer, and living in on-site Open Market accommodation
      • Permit holder can house their immediate family members with their employer/landlord's permission.
  • Open Market Employment Permits Part B (Hotels)

    • Apply for an Employment Permit Part B - OMEP(B) - Apply
    • For employees working in an Open Market hotel and living in on-site Open Market accommodation
      • Valid for a maximum of 5 years (then the holder needs to have a Recognised Break in Residence)
      • Non-Recognised Breaks in Residence) count towards 5 years' residence
      • Tied to working in a named role for a named employer, and living in on-site Open Market accommodation
      • Permit holder can't accommodate other people.
  • Open Market Employment Permits Part C (Nursing/Residential Homes)

    • Apply for an Employment Permit Part C - OMEP(C) - Apply
    • For employees working in an Open Market nursing/residential home and living in on-site Open Market accommodation
      • Valid for a maximum of 5 years (then the holder needs to have a Recognised Break in Residence)
      • Non-Recognised Breaks in Residence) count towards 5 years' residence
      • Tied to working in a named role for a named employer, and living in on-site Open Market accommodation
      • Permit holder can't accommodate other people
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