Citizens Advice Bureau



New business start-up

Extent: Jersey
April 2007
Updated 11th August 2016


Words you may need to know


Registration - an entry in a register, or somebody or something whose name is put in a register

Incorporation - to give something the legal form of a corporation such as a company

Continuous - unbroken

Operated - carried out from

Seasonal vacancies - jobs that cover the summer season such as from March to September



The website has a useful information page on setting up a new business click here


 Registration of Business name

 You need to do this unless trading under your own name. The Registration fee is £30.


Companies Registry,
Financial Services Commission,
P.O. Box 267,
14-18 Castle Street,
St. Helier, Jersey,

Helpline: 822030

Registry opening hours: 9.30 - 4.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10.00 - 4.00 Wednesday

A name search can be done by clicking on the following website:



It is strongly recommended that you get advice from a lawyer or an accountant. The Registration fee is £200.


Licence to Trade

Unless you are buying an existing business that already has licences for non locally qualified staff and are taking it over, a licence is unlikely to be granted. The normal requirement is to have completed five years continuous residence.

 If you have a businesses which is not registered in Jersey and now wish to trade here, you must apply for a Regulation of Undertakings Licence to Trade however brief your stay. You may also need to get a Non-Resident Traders Licence which is obtained from St Helier Town Hall and a fee is payable.

 A licence is required to start a business, whether operated from home or otherwise.

 Contact the Population Office,  P.O. Box 843, Phillip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier, JE4 8PE, Telephone 448930, fax 448936, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Business Licencing

If you employ even a single person you must complete Manpower Returns. You need permission to take on locally qualified additional staff and any staff who have been resident less than 5 years (unless married to an Entitled person). You must apply for permission to fill seasonal vacancies in your business although a licence granted last for a number of years may apply as long as overall numbers of staff do not increase. You can get full details from:


The Population Office, Telephone 448930, fax 448936, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more detailed information see See 6.1.0.L2



A Change of Use permit may be needed from the Planning & Building Services department but there is generally no problem if, for example, one room is being used as an office. If you are a tenant in Social Housing, you should get permission from the Housing provider. There is a leaflet (Planning Advice Notes No. 1) available from the Planning & Building Services, Customer and Local Services, Phillip Le Feuvre House, La Motte Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE4 8PE, Tel: 445508.


Business Advice for Locally Qualified Applicants

 Jersey Business

 Tel: 01534 610300

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 31 The Parade, St Helier, JE2 3QQ

 Tel: 01534 610300


Business Advice for Non-residents and Applicants with less than 5 Years Residency

Locate Jersey

Cyril Le Marquand House

The Parade

St Helier

 JE4 8HH


 Tel. 01534 440666


Professional Registration

Some professionals or occupations may need a formal registration with a States' Department or Royal Court. For health professionals, see 10.3.0.L2


Compulsory Employers' Liability Insurance

The Employers' Liability [Compulsory Insurance] [Jersey] Law 1973 requires employers to take out insurance cover against liability for bodily injury or disease their employees may suffer in the course of their employment.


Registration with Social Security Department

You must register with the Social Security Department before you start trading and inform them that you will be self employed.  As a self employed person you will be liable to pay Class 2 contributions. Check that no exemptions apply for business start - ups.


Income tax

You will need to  register your business and complete Income Tax Instalment System [ITIS] forms, on a monthly basis, for any staff you employ. You should also take advice on possible changes to your own tax liability and frequency of payment.


Employment Law

You must comply with the requirements of the Employment [Jersey] Law 2003 if you employ any staff. A free booklet for employers is available from Citizens Advice Jersey and the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service - JACS.