There are twelve parishes in Jersey
varying in area and population but each having a similar parochial structure.
Details of the parochial structure and services provided by your Parish may
be found on this website.
The business of the Parish is conducted at a Parish Assembly
at which electors and principals of the Parish are entitled to vote. All
Parish Assemblies are advertised in the boîtegrillée [a notice board adjacent to the ParishChurch],
the Jersey Gazette and details may be found on the Parish page within this
website. The Connétable presides over the Parish Assembly.
An Ecclesiastical Assembly is held to consider matters relating to the ParishChurch and will be presided over by
the Rector. The Assembly will be advertised in the boîtegrillée [a notice board adjacent to the ParishChurch], the Jersey Gazette and
details may be found on the Parish page within this website.
The Connétable or Rector will usually call a meeting of the Parish or
Ecclesiastical Assembly respectively. The business of the Assembly will be
stated in the convening notice and, except for matters of public safety, at
least two days notice is given of all Assemblies. However, a Parish Assembly
will be convened by the Connétable if requested to do so in writing by four
or more principals of the Parish - the request must be dated and must state
the subject for which the meeting is required.
Notices of Parish meetings are published in the Jersey Gazette in the Jersey
Evening Post. These notices can also be viewed on www.thisisjersey.com selecting Jersey
Each of the twelve parishes in Jersey has
the same municipal framework and officers. The heritage of Jersey
is built on the parishes and the tradition of 'honorary' service to the
community. It is important that this valuable tradition continues and the
Connétable welcomes the opportunity to discuss with parishioners the various
honorary positions available through which members of the parish may
contribute to parish life. Officers take an oath of office before the Royal Court or
the Ecclesiastical Court
in the case of the Churchwardens and Almoners and the Rector is inducted to
Connétable - the elected head of the Parish is the Connétable and, in
addition to his/her municipal duties, the Connétable represents parishioners'
views in the States [Jersey's government]
where he/she has a seat together with the Senators and Deputies. A public
election is held every three years and, with the exception of St Helier, the Connétable must live in the Parish. The
Connétable of St Helier must either live in the Parish or be a ratepayer of St Helier. If the Connétable ceases to fulfil this
qualification he must resign from office. The role of Connétable dates back
to at least 1462.
Honorary Police - persons living in the Parish,
or in the case of St Helier who are
ratepayers of the Parish, may be elected as Centenier, Vingtenier or
Constable's Officer for a period of 3 years. Further details are provided
under 'Honorary Police'.
ProcureurduBien Public - there are two Procureurs
for each Parish and they are elected for a three year term by the Parish
Assembly. Their duty is to act as public trustees i.e. they maintain an
oversight of Parish finances and represent the Parish along with the
Connétable [and, when appropriate, with the Rector and Churchwardens] in
respect of property transactions of the Parish.
Rector - the Rector is appointed by the Crown to the ParishChurch
and, in some Parishes, this includes responsibility for another Anglican
Church within the Island.
Churchwarden [Surveillant] - two
Churchwardens are elected each year by the Ecclesiastical Assembly.
Almoner - two Almoners are elected each year by the Ecclesiastical
Assembly to assist the Churchwardens.
Roads Committee - the Connétable presides over the Roads Committee
which also includes the Rector and three Principals of the Parish [five
Principals for St Helier] elected for a term
of three years by the Parish Assembly in accordance with the Loi (1914) sur la Voirie. The Roads Committee superintends the repair and
maintenance of by-roads in the Parish.
Roads Inspectors - the Parish Assembly elects two Roads Inspectors for
each Vingtaine [or Cueillette
in St Ouen] for a three-year term of office in accordance with the Loi (1914) sur la Voirie. Roads Inspectors are responsible for the repair
of by-roads of the Parish and have to ensure the instructions of the Roads
Committee are carried out.
Rate Assessment Committee - consists of five members [between 7 and 12 members for St Helier] elected by the Parish Assembly for a three-year term to assess the rateable value of property in accordance with the Rates (Jersey) Law 2005.
Registrar - is elected by the Parish Assembly and is responsible for
maintaining the registers of births, marriages and deaths in the Parish.
Are there other committees or
positions within the Parish structure?
Each year a committee is elected at a Parish Assembly to
consider the Connétable's accounts prior to their
submission to the Parish Assembly. Parishes are also represented in the States Assembly by Deputies,
elected either by the whole Parish or, in the case of St
Helier, St Saviour and St Brelade by districts within the
Parish. The 'Rectorate' comprises the Connétable
and Procureurs, and the Rector and Churchwardens.
The Comité des Connétables comprises the twelve Parish Connétables
who meet on a regular basis to discuss items of concern which affect all the
Parishes. The Comité has an office at East Wing RJA&HS, Route de la
Trinité, Trinity, JE1 1SB [telephone 767555; fax 767666] or the Secretary may
be contacted by e-mail email@example.com. The Comité is not
a statutory Committee of the States Assembly but the Supervisory Committee,
which also comprises the twelve Connétables, is a statutory committee under
the Rate Law [for further details see 'Rates Information'].
Many services in Jersey are delivered by the Parish through
the Parish Hall [or Town Hall in St Helier].
Details of refuse collections, VisiteduBranchage, Welfare and many
other services are available from your Parish Hall. You will need to apply to
the Parish in which you currently reside for various licences such as a
driving licence, dog licence, electoral registration and a firearm
certificate. A business might need to contact the Parish in which it is
located for a fireworks licence [for retail sale], liquor licence or a Sunday
Trading permit and to nominate a 'mandataire' to
represent it at Parish Assemblies [see Rates Information]. Hawkers' [non-resident traders] licences may be obtained
from the Town Hall in St Helier.
All Parish Halls hold stocks of various application forms
and you may find it more convenient to collect forms from your Parish Hall
than from the relevant States department in St Helier.
In addition, copies of some forms may be downloaded from this site. Parish
Online Application Forms
I want to be part of the Parish -
how can I get involved?
There are many opportunities to become more actively
involved within your Parish and, in so doing, to contribute to the life of
your community and Island. The 'Parish
municipality' lists various positions within the Parish required by law and
the Connétable welcomes enquiries from those who wish to find out more about
these honorary posts. Organisations connected with the Parish are also listed
in 'Clubs and Associations' and contact
details are given so that you may obtain further details of the
organisation's work and activities.
I live in Jersey
and want to know about activities in my Parish - where can I find details?
Clubs and Associations connected with a Parish are listed
on this website and you will also find local news, details of forthcoming
events and other information. General information on events in Jersey can be found on sites such as www.outinjersey.com
Is my Parish twinned with a town or
region in another country?
The following Parishes have twinned with communes or towns
in Normandy, France
and St Helier has also twinned with Bad Wurzach in Germany.
Further details of activities may be found on the individual Parish sites.
St Brelade - Granville
St Clement - Cancale
St Helier - Avranches, France, Bad Wurzach,
Germany and Funchal, Portugal
St John - Le Teilleul
St Lawrence – Barneville-Carteret St Martin
St Mary - LonguessurMer
St Ouen - Coutances
St Peter – St HilaireduHarcouët St Saviour
- Villedieu les Poeles
Trinity – AgonCoutainville
Why do St
Helier and St Saviour have Floral Committees?
In addition to the statutory committees, some Parishes may
have other groups for specific projects. An example is the Floral Committees
in St Helier and St Saviour which consist of
volunteers from various sectors of the community who meet to discuss
community projects of an environmental nature. The quality of life of residents
and making the parishes a nicer place to live is very important to the
Parishes and more volunteers are always welcome. The Parishes also welcome
sponsorship, especially 'corporate sponsorship', towards the 'greening' of St Helier and St Saviour. For more information on how
you or your business can be involved please contact the St Helier Floral
Co-ordinator on tel: 811811 or St Saviour's Parish
Hall on tel: 735864. These committees are actively
involved in the annual Britain
in Bloom competition and only with your support can we succeed.
Junior, infant and nursery schools under the administration
of the Education Committee are located in each Parish. Children of secondary
school age will attend a school based on the catchment
area. There are also a number of private schools in Jersey.
For details of the school age and entry requirements and of private schools
please refer to the Education Committee website www.jeron.je
(1914) sur la Voirie
imposes a duty on all occupiers of property to ensure that encroachments are removed from the public highway. A Visite du Branchage takes place in each Parish twice a year to check that occupiers of houses and land bordering on public roads have undertaken the 'branchage'. The first Visite is during the first fortnight of July and the second is during the first fortnight of September. Details of the dates for Visites are advertised on the Parish page on this website and also in the Jersey Gazette.
On the VisiteduBranchage On the Visite du Branchage the Connétable, assisted by the members of the Roads Committee and the Centeniers, will visit the roads of his parish accompanied by the Vingteniers in their respective Vingtaines to ensure that the branchage has been completed. Occupiers of land may be fined up to £50 for each infraction unless -
the 'branchage' [hedges, branches and overhanging trees] has been trimmed back so as to give a clearance of 12 feet over main roads and by-roads;
the 'branchage' [hedges, branches and overhanging trees] has been trimmed back so as to give a clearance of 8 feet over footpaths; and
all trimmings have been removed from the road.
If the branchage
has not been completed the occupier will be required to undertake the work and, if it is not carried out, the Parish may arrange for the work to be done and charge the occupier the cost of that work. The Visite du Branchage applies to all public roads including main roads, by-roads and footpaths.
occurs in a Parish once every six years. The Royal Court will visit the Parish to
inspect the Parish and roads accounts and will judge on matters relating to
public roads and footpaths brought to its attention by the parish. The
Parishes to be visited in future years are -
Jersey has some of the
largest range of tides in the world and details of current tide times may be
found at www.jersey-harbours.com or www.thisisjersey.com/noticeboard (select
Tide Table). Please take care on the beach and at sea - there are dangerous
tidal flows on many parts of the coast.
The States, through the Public Services Committee, is
responsible for main roads. The Parish is responsible for the upkeep of
by-roads within the Parish. A by-road may only be shut to traffic with the
permission of the Connétable. No structure may be placed on/over a road
without the permission of the Connétable - this includes scaffolding,
hoarding and banners hung over a road etc. and application
for a permit should be made to the Connétable of the Parish.
Some roads may be privately owned or administered by another authority such
as the Housing Committee - for further information please check with your
Within Jersey a number of
lanes have been designated by Parishes as 'green lanes'. These are generally
tree-lined lanes which are particularly attractive or of great character and
antiquity. The aim is to maintain the quiet, unspoilt and natural character
of the countryside for people to enjoy as a leisure amenity where walkers,
cyclists and horse riders, not the car, have priority. The speed limit on
these lanes is 15 miles an hour. Some 40 miles of roads have now been
designated 'green lanes' and further information on walking/cycling routes
may be found on www.jersey.com
Parking restrictions operate in most public parking areas.
Please check the notices for current charges and time limits. Public car
parks require the use of scratch cards or a parking disc to display time of
arrival. In some areas these charges also apply to Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Scratch cards may be purchased for a specific time 'unit'. A time 'unit' may
vary from 20 minutes in the centre of St Helier
to 2 hours at La Collette but is usually for one hour. Some car parks have a
time limit of three hours but the time limit in other areas, such as roadside
parking, varies from 20 minutes to six hours. Please check notices when you
park. Scratch cards should have the day and date of your arrival displayed
together with the time of your arrival. If you use more than one card e.g. to
cover parking for 2 hours, both cards should display the same arrival time. A
parking disc may be used as an alternative in some parking areas and this
should be set to show your arrival time. If you do not have a parking disc,
which is reusable, you should use the scratch cards. You can obtain the
parking regulations from the Town Hall in St Helier, the Tourism Office and
Public Services Department www.planning.gov.je
A list of the parking available in St Helier may be viewed here
If you fail to display a valid parking disc or scratch card
when you park, or if you do not move your car when the parking period has
expired, you may receive a parking fine. You should pay the fine immediately
and full instructions are printed on the notice you receive. If you have a
query or wish to dispute the fine please see further information under Honorary Police.
Parking badges for disabled drivers are available from the
Town Hall - application forms may be obtained from and should be returned to
the Town Hall, St Helier. The blue disabled
badge permits you to park in any public car park and to park on specially
designated 'disabled driver' parking areas in St Helier and elsewhere [please
see notices at individual sites for length of time]. The blue badge is also
recognised in other European countries.
Provisional and full driving
licences are issued by the Parish in which you are ordinarily resident.
If you change your name or address you must notify your Parish immediately.
Driving licence application forms are available from all Parish Halls and should
be returned to the Parish Hall together with the relevant documents and fee [cheques
made payable to the 'Parish of St.John'].
A driving licence is issued for particular categories of vehicle www.dvs.gov.je.
(select driving tests).
The minimum age for a driving licence is 16 years for category P [moped] and
17 years for other categories. However, to apply for a category A licence
[heavy motorcycle] you must have held a full licence for category A1 [light
motorcycle] for at least 12 months. You must be 21 years of age to apply for
category C licence [heavy goods vehicle] or for a Public Service Vehicle
licence to drive a passenger vehicle. An application for a driving licence
may only be made once you attain the appropriate age.
Provisional licence - is valid for six months and costs £15. One colour
passport size photograph, matching the criteria outlined below, is required.
The first application must be made in person at the Parish Hall. A second provisional
licence MAY be granted PROVIDED the applicant can show s/he has attempted to
take the appropriate driving test [theory or driving test] in that period. A
provisional licence for a moped or light motorcycle licence [or a heavy motorcycle
licence following a period of disqualification] will not be valid until you obtain
a certificate to confirm that you have successfully completed Compulsory Basic
Training [CBT] - for further details of CBT click
Driving licence - is valid for ten years and costs £40. One colour passport
size photograph, matching the criteria outlined below, is required. You must
enclose your last driving licence or your provisional licence and pass certificate.
Photographs - the criteria for photographs matches that used for passport applications.
The photograph must be -
Taken within the 6 months prior to date of application
In colour, taken against a white, cream or light, plain background
45mm x 35mm and printed on normal photographic paper
A close up of the head and shoulders with the face covering 65% to
75% of the photograph
Of the applicant alone
The full face, looking straight at the camera
A neutral expression, with the mouth closed
The eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or heavily tinted
glasses, and no hair across the eyes)
No reflection on spectacles, if worn, and the frames should not cover
The full head, without any head covering, unless it is worn for religious
The face uncovered
Be in sharp focus and clear
Have a strong definition between the face and background, and
Be printed at 1200dpi resolution or better if a digital or scanned
A medical report may be required for certain applicants and must be submitted
Any driver making a first application for a category C
or category D licence.
A person aged over 45 years on the date of application who is applying to renew
a category C licence [large goods vehicle]; C+E [articulated vehicle] and/or
D [large passenger carrying vehicle].
A person whose medical condition has worsened since their last driving licence
was granted or who suffers from certain medical conditions [see application form].
Full valid driving licences [not provisional licences] from the following
countries may be surrendered in exchange for a Jersey driving licence [details
correct at March 2007 – please check with your Parish Hall if you
have a query]. If you do not hold a licence from one of these countries
you must sit the prescribed driving test [theory and practical].
Alderney, Austria, Barbados, Belgium,
British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Falkland Islands, Finland, France,
Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man,
Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Northern Territories of Australia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Quebec, Singapore,
Switzerland, United Kingdom.
If you have lost your driving licence, or your licence has
been stolen, destroyed or defaced, a duplicate licence may be issued but
you will have to complete a declaration form and pay the full fee. The
duplicate licence will be valid for the same period as that of the licence
which it replaces.
The Dogs (Jersey) Law 1961
requires any person with a dog to obtain a licence each year for each dog
they keep. A licence is not required for a dog under the age of six months or
for a guide dog kept and used solely by a blind person or a deaf person.
Applications for a dog licence may be downloaded from this website and should
be forwarded to the Parish in which you reside by 31st January each year.
Details of each dog for which a licence is required must be specified and the
fee is £5.00 per dog. Late applications [received after 31st January] will
incur a fee of £10.00 per dog. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs. In
Every dog on a highway or
in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the
owner thereon. Identity discs for dogs are available from the Jersey
Animal Shelter for a nominal charge.
It is an offence to allow a
dog to worry livestock.
From 1st May to 30th
September, dogs must be kept on a lead when on a beach between and
It is an offence to allow a
dog to foul in a public place and the person in charge of the dog must
remove any faeces deposited by the dog.
You should ensure
your dog does not become a nuisance to others – see
advice about statutory nuisances and neighbour complaints.
If you find a stray dog you should check for a collar to
identify the owner’s name and address and then contact the owner to arrange
for the dog to be collected. If you are unable to contact the owner you
should contact the Duty Centenier of the Parish. If a dog has to be collected
and/or housed whilst the owner is traced by the Honorary Police the owner is
responsible for paying all costs incurred.
The Firearms (Jersey) Law
2000 requires all owners of firearms and ammunition to hold a valid firearm
certificate. Owners of shotguns are also required to hold a firearms
certificate. The only exemptions at present are air weapons designed for use
under water and air weapons with a muzzle energy of less than one foot-pound.
A firearms certificate is also required for ammunition for a firearm [this
does not include cartridges containing five or more shot, none of which
exceeds .23 of an inch in diameter, ammunition for an air weapon, and blank
cartridges not exceeding one inch in diameter measured immediately in front
of the rim or cannelure of the base of the
cartridge - please ask for further details if you are unsure].
A firearm certificate is granted by the Connétable of the Parish in which you
reside. Application forms for the grant or renewal of a firearm certificate,
available from the Parish Hall, should be completed and returned to the
Parish Hall together with three passport-size photographs of the applicant,
the relevant fee and forms from two referees who know the applicant [these
forms are also available from the Parish Halls]. Only certain persons may act
as a referee - please refer to the forms for details. A firearm certificate
is valid for five years and costs £35.00.
If you hold a valid firearm certificate and wish to vary the firearms or
ammunition you are permitted to hold you must apply for a variation to your
certificate - application forms are available from the Parish Hall and the
charge for a variation [if the total number of firearms increases] is £15.00.
There is no charge if you are reducing the number of firearms held.
The holder of a firearm certificate must comply with all conditions imposed
notify the Connétable of
any change in his place of residence;
at all times store the
firearm and ammunition to which the certificate relates in a secure
manner so as to prevent, as far as reasonably practicable, access to the
authorised firearm or ammunition by an unauthorized person;
take reasonable precautions
for the safe custody of the firearm and ammunition when they are in use.
The Explosives (Jersey)
Law 1970 regulates the importation, manufacture, storage, use, conveyance,
sale, purchase, transfer, acquisition and possession of explosives. In
relation to fireworks, no person shall sell fireworks by retail except in
accordance with a licence granted to him by the Connétable of the Parish in
which the place from which the fireworks are sold is situated.
Application forms are available from the Parish Hall or may be downloaded
from this website and should be returned to the Parish Hall together with the
fee of £15.00. The licence is valid for one year only expiring on 31st
December and is subject to certain conditions [outlined on the application
form and licence]. In particular the retail sale of fireworks is only
permitted for a limited period (usually 8 days up to 5th November) and the
sale of certain types of fireworks is prohibited.
The Parish of St Helier
issues Hawkers' licences on behalf of the Finance and Economics Committee. A
licence remains valid until 31st December and the fee is depends upon the
class of hawker's or non-resident trader's licence. For further details about
the class of licence, restrictions on goods sold and times of sale please
contact the Town Hall, St Helier [telephone
Sunday trading permits [includes Good Friday,
Liberation Day [9th May], and Christmas Day]
The Shops (Regulation of Opening and Deliveries) (Jersey) Law 2010 and the Shops (Regulation of Opening) (Jersey) Regulations 2011 controls the opening of shops on Sundays and this includes Good
Friday, Liberation Day (9th May), Christmas Day and 26th December. A shop may not open for
business on these days unless a permit has been granted. An
application for a permit should be made to the Connétable of
the Parish in which the business is situated together with the fee of £50.00.
Application forms are available from the Parish Halls or may be downloaded
and the permit expires on 31st December.
A general permit may be granted for a shop where the retail sales area does not exceed 700 square metres.
A single permit to open on up to 5 specified days may be granted for a shop where the retail sales area exceeds 700 square metres.
Full details of the scheme and the application forms are available under ‘Application Forms’.
Places of refreshment must be registered with the Tourism
Committee 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
authorizing 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
Applications for the grant of a liquor licence are made to
the Treasurer of the States and are then forwarded to the Parish as the
Connétable must convene a Parish Assembly to enable parishioners to comment
on the application. The comments made at the Parish Assembly are conveyed to
the Licensing Assembly who will determine the application. Any parishioner
who speaks at a Parish Assembly on a licence application may then address the
Licensing Assembly on that application. A liquor licence is granted for one
year and will expire on 24th December.
An application to renew a liquor licence for a further period of one year
must be made to the Treasurer of the States between 5th October and 5th
November inclusive. Applications to renew a liquor licence are not referred
to a Parish Assembly.
Where a licensed manager is required for the premises, or there is to be a
change of manager, the company concerned is advised to consult with their
legal representative who will then inform the Connétable of the details so
the relevant formalities may be completed.
Licence to place any thing below,
on or above any highway
Under the Highways (Jersey)
Law 1956 a licence is required before any thing may be placed below, on or
above any highway. This includes scaffolding, hoardings, etc and application
should be made to the Connétable of the Parish in which the highway is
situated. Completed applications forms should be submitted together with a
detailed risk assessment and method statement and the fee of £25.00 at least
7 days prior to the date you wish to commence work.
A road may not be closed, or its use restricted, other than
with the prior permission of the Connétable of the Parish. Applications
should be submitted at least 7 days prior to the requested date of
closure/restriction together with the appropriate fee. Road closures may not
be permitted during the months of May to September inclusive due to seasonal
Application for permission to use part of the highway as
business premises e.g. for al fresco eating, must be made to the Connétable
of the Parish. Permission may be granted for a specified area, as detailed on
a plan of the area, to be used by customers subject to the approval also of
the Planning and Environment Committee from whom the applicant should obtain
permission. Conditions and a Code of Conduct will apply to all permits issued
and failure to comply with the conditions and Code may result in the permit
being withdrawn without notice. The conditions and Code may be viewed with
the application form section on the Parish website.