Parks and public areas

11.15.9 Updated on:21 October 2021

What is the Law?

The Policing of Parks (Jersey) Regulations, as amended, gives a list of what can and cannot be done in the various parks and other public areas.

Who polices the parks and public areas

All parks and other public areas are policed by the States Police and relevant parish honorary police.

Anyone employed by an administrating organisation to police the regulations must have an identity card to show to the public as evidence of their authority. Any member of the public who has broken any of the regulations must give their name and address, if asked to do so.

What can’t a person do in parks and other public areas

  1. Enter or stay in a park or area which is closed.
  2. Bring an animal into a park or area, except for dogs, horses and ponies under the limits set in the schedules below. Guide dogs excepted.
  3. Failing to remove dog faeces.
  4. Going onto any shrubbery, flower bed or other prohibited areas.
  5. Handling, cutting or damaging any plant material
  6. Damaging or defacing any structure or part of any park or area such as seats, railings and buildings
  7. Leaving litter
  8. Behaving or being clothed in a way which is likely to offend public decency
  9. Causing annoyance to any other person
  10. Throwing stones or other objects
  11. Disturbing or otherwise injuring any animal, bird (including their eggs) or fish.
  12. Using ornamental waters for any purpose.
  13. Entering or leaving except by the normal gateways.
  14. Climbing trees, railings etc.
  15. Playing games or sports when this has been prohibited.
  16. Using any vehicle except:
    1. Wheelchairs, toy cycles, scooters, prams
    2. Motor vehicle driven in approved areas for parking
    3. A pedal cycle ridden on road or cycle track
    4. A road train being used on approved track

What can’t a person do without permission

Written permission must be received from the organisation with responsibility for the area if you wish to:

  1. Put up signs or notices
  2. Play musical instruments, broadcast music, speech or images transmitted electronically or mechanically
  3. Perform for the public, hold an exhibition or make a public address
  4. Collect money for charity
  5. Light a fire or fireworks
  6. Engage in trading
  7. Take photos or make paintings or drawings for sale
  8. Discharge any firearm
  9. Use a metal detector

Permission if it is granted may have special conditions attached or may be withdrawn at any time.

Penalties

In a court, the penalty for breaking the rules would normally be a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale, currently £500. Fines may be levied by a Constable or Centenier, normally following a Parish Hall enquiry, in the Parish where the offence happened. In this case the fine cannot be more than £50.

Parks where dogs are allowed on a lead and on the pathways only:

  • First Tower Park
  • Liberation Square
  • Lower Park
  • Mount Bingham Gardens
  • Springfield Gardens
  • People’s Park
  • South Hill Gardens
  • Vallée des Vaux Gardens
  • Westmount Gardens

Parks where dogs are allowed on a lead

  • Coronation Gardens, Millbrook
  • The Public Gardens, Gorey
  • Harvey Memorial Gardens
  • Seafront Gardens, St Brelade’s Bay
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Park

Parks where dogs are allowed off a lead

  • Beaumont Perquage
  • Beauport Headland
  • Castle Green Gardens, Gorey
  • Glacies Field, Fort Regent
  • Cliff paths between Gronez and Plémont, and between Sorel Point and Greve de Lecq
  • Corbière Headland and La Rosière, including public land near the old Corbière Station (south side of Corbière Road)
  • The Corbière Walk (The ‘Railway Track’ from St Aubin to Corbière)
  • Le Côtil du Grouin, St Brelade’s Bay
  • Les Landes
  • Les Mielles
  • Le Parc de la Petite Falaise, above Bouley Bay
  • The promenade and gardens from St Aubin to St Helier, (including strips of land 2 metres wide on the seaward side of each of the areas of land between West Park and Bel Royal which are set aside for use as public parking places)
  • Noirmont headland, except part of Warren Farm, which is subject to a lease for agricultural purposes and is posted with signs to that effect
  • Public land on both sides of La Route du Nord
  • Sorel Headland.

Parks where horses and ponies are allowed on roads or riding ways and where dogs are allowed off a lead:

  • Beaumont Perquage
  • Les Landes
  • Les Mielles
  • Cliff paths between Gronez and Plémont, and between Sorel Point and Greve de Lecq
  • Any section of the promenade between West Park and St Aubin leading directly to a slipway to the beach
  • Noirmont headland, except part of Warren Farm, which is subject to a lease for agricultural purposes and is posted with signs to that effect.