I shall shortly be moving to a pub in Jersey. Are the licensing laws different there?
The legislation that you need to refer to is the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974. The normal rule is that the person applying for the liquor licence must have been resident in Jersey for at least three years. However, this can be waived if you can persuade the licensing authority that you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence. In order to obtain a liquor licence, applications have to be made before an assembly of the parish where the premises are situated and, secondly, before the licensing assembly. Any objectors would have an opportunity to put their case forward at both hearings. If the parish approves the application that does not mean that the licensing assembly will follow suit. It would appear that the licence will need to be renewed on an annual basis.Licensing hours are between 9am and 11pm, although these may be extended for restaurants and nightclubs. Similar to the UK, it is an offence to sell alcohol to anybody under the age of 18 and no person under the age of 18 is allowed in a public bar either.