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Government of Jersey

Welcome to the Government of Jersey section.

Constitution of Jersey

Sovereignty Jersey is a Crown Dependency and not part of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Geographically, Jersey is both part of the British Isles and of the British Islands. Jersey has its own laws, judiciary and executives. When England was conquered by the Normans […]

Control of Housing and Work Law Housing Status

There are currently five residential statuses in Jersey: Permanent Entitled Entitled Licensed Entitled for Work Registered The most important thing that determines a person’s residential and employment status is how long they have lived in the Island. The longer a person lives in Jersey, the better their residential and employment status is likely to be. […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the latest Government advice, please click one of the following links. Advice for businesses Government Support for businesses Travel advice Guidance for parents and carers Sickness benefits if you are self-isolating Social distancing Guidance for healthcare professionals Number of tests and confirmed cases in Jersey If you need any other form of assistance, please […]

Cost of Living Index – how to calculate increase

What is the Cost of Living Index Jersey’s Cost of Living Index is also known as the Retail Price Index. It is not strictly a cost of living index as the items used to identify changes in prices in the island cover a wide area, but are not necessarily items that would be essential to […]

Customer and Local Services

What does Customer and Local Services do? Customer and Local Services helps people in Jersey achieve and maintain financial independence. They do this through social and employment schemes. Some of their other main responsibilities include: administering contribution, benefit and pension schemes so that people in Jersey can have an acceptable standard of living providing support […]

Customs and Immigration

Customs and Immigration The Customs and Immigration Service is a government department. It has two main responsibilities: controlling immigration on entry at Jersey harbours and airport monitoring the importation of goods, involving the collection of customs and excise revenues and making sure attempts to smuggle prohibited or restricted goods, such as illegal drugs, are prevented. […]

Data Protection

The Office of the Information Commissioner website includes information about: the work of the Commission online notifications and enquiry forms guidance notes Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 If you have problems with Data Protection or Freedom of Information matters, you can contact the Office of the Information Commissioner.  Telephone:+44 1534 716530 […]

Environmental Protection

The Environmental Protection Department officers are based at Howard Davis Farm. For more information see here. The Department carries out the following functions: Air quality monitoring and pollution Air pollution and your health Air quality monitoring Indoor air pollution Controlling problem species in the environment Colorado beetle Japanese knotweed Plant health control Processionary moth Ragwort […]

GST on Vehicles – importing a vehicle into Jersey

Importing to Jersey If you import a vehicle from within the customs union (which includes the UK, Guernsey and the Isle of Man) you’ll need to pay GST at 5% on the value of the vehicle at import including all freight charges and insurance costs. If you import a vehicle from outside the customs union […]

Health Cards

What is a health card? Once you have lived in Jersey for 6 months or more and you have paid any Social Security contributions that are due, you will be entitled to a health card which allows you to visit a doctor at a subsidised rate and to get subsidised free prescriptions. The period of […]

Housing Advice Service

The Housing Advice Service provides advice on all housing matters and practical support in finding accommodation. Housing Advice Service Telephone: +441534 444444 Select option one and ask to be put through to the Housing Advice Service. E-mail: housingadvice@gov.je Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm Customer and Local Services PO Box 55 La Motte Street St […]

Immigration – Visas, Work Permits and Settled Status

British Citizenship British Citizenship gives you the right to remain as a permanent resident in Jersey and the UK.  You may obtain a British passport. You can hold dual citizenship as long as both countries allow this.  You can apply for British citizenship while being a citizen of another country. Application for British Citizenship All […]


Passports Applications for new, amended, adult, children and lost or stolen passports can be made on the Government website. Amendments are no longer available. A new passport application will be required with new photographs. It can take up to 6 weeks to process. Check the Customs and Immigration website for more updated information. The Passport […]

Planning Applications

Permitted Domestic Development Permission is not normally required for works other than those listed here. This only applies to properties that are not listed on the Register of Buildings and Sites of Architectural, Archaeological and Historical Importance. See here for building bye-laws. Objections and Comments If you would like to submit comments on a recently […]


Administration The States of Jersey Prison Service is administered by the Prison Governor, who reports to the Minister for Home Affairs. States of Jersey Prison Service HM Prison La Moye La Rue Baal St Brelade JE3 8HQ Tel:+44 1534 441800 Prison Rules See Prison [Jersey] Rules 2007 here. Prison sentences Male offenders between 15 and […]

Registration of Births/Marriages/Deaths Certificates

The Superintendent Registrar The Superintendent Registrar is the Island’s senior registrar who holds the registers of births, deaths and all marriages from 1842 to date and all civil partnerships from the introduction of the Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law, 2012. The Superintendent Registrar conducts civil marriages at the Register Office at 10 Royal Square.  It is […]

Retirement Pension (Old Age Pension)

What is a pension? A pension is a weekly benefit paid to you when you reach a certain age to help cover your basic needs in retirement. The amount of pension you receive will depend on the amount of social security contributions you have paid during your working life. For more information see here. When […]

States of Jersey Complaints Board

States of Jersey Complaints Board The Complaints Board is an independent panel chosen from individuals proposed by States Members. There are 10 panel members and it includes a Chairperson and two Deputy Chairpersons. A Board is made up of two people selected from the Panel by the Chairperson, and either the Chair or one of […]

VAT and the Jersey resident

Goods supplied to Jersey residents from the UK or abroad Some companies selling goods to Jersey residents in the UK or abroad are willing to help in the process of getting the VAT back. Sometimes companies are only prepared to issue the necessary refund form if the value of the sale is above a minimum […]
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