Citizens Advice Bureau



Sunday trading permits

Extent: Jersey
9 February 2001
Updated 25 November 2013

Sunday trading permit

1. Sunday trading permits (include Goods Friday, Liberation Day (9th May) and Christmas Day)

The Shops (Sunday Trading) (Jersey) Law 1960 controls the opening of shops on Sundays and this includes Good Friday, Liberation Day (9th May) and Christmas Day. A shop may not open for business on a Sunday unless a Sunday trading permit has been granted. An Application for a Sunday trading permit should be made to the Connétable of the Parish in which the business is situated together with a fee of £15.00. Application forms are available from the Parish Halls or may be downloaded at and the permit expires on 31st December. A permit may only be granted for the sale of certain goods, as outlined on the application form, and the Connétable may refuse to grant a permit if he is of the opinion that the transactions for which the permit is required do not form a substantial part of the applicant's normal business.

A special permit may be granted to a shop so that it may open as part of a publicly organised fair, fete or festival on a specified Sunday and in such a case the permit may specify the transactions that may be made.

Places of refreshment licence

2. Places of refreshment must be registered in accordance with the Places of Refreshment (Jersey) Law 1967. Registered places of refreshment may not open for the serving of customers on a Sunday, Good Friday or Christmas Day unless the Connétable of the Parish in which the premises are situated has granted a permit authorising the proprietor to open the premises. Written application should be made to the Connétable of the Parish and must be accompanied by the fee of £15.00.

Fêtes, fairs and festivals

3. In January 2001 the Constables were given the power to authorise Sunday trading as part of a Fête, fair or festival where there is official involvement in its organisation. This will only cover 'one-off events such as the Good Food Festival.

Service-based businesses

4. Following a ruling from the Attorney General, in January 2004, a service-based business will be allowed to trade on Sundays eg tanning shops, hairdressers, massage palours etc