The sale and supply of alcohol in Guernsey and Herm is regulated by the Liquor Licensing (Guernsey) Ordinance, 2006 (the Ordinance). It is an offence under the Ordinance for a person to sell intoxicating liquor unless they hold a licence.
The categories of licence are defined in the Ordinance and they are as follows:
Each category has permitted hours for the sale of alcohol. These can be found in the 2nd Schedule of the Ordinance.
In relation to licences falling within category A (Standard), B (Residential), C (Hotel), D (Club) or E (Nightclub), an applicant should also consider the need for an Under 18’s Permit in respect of any bar, or any part of any bar within the licensed premises.
A person or a body corporate (typically a limited company)  can become a licensee (i.e. hold the relevant licence), however if a body corporate applies for the licence, it is required to nominate an individual as its Designated Official who will be responsible for the conduct of it.
The Office of the Committee for Home Affairs, the Guernsey Police and the Court expect anybody working in the licensed trade to have a good understanding of a liquor licensing legislation and anyone applying for a liquor licence or to be appointed as a Designated Official must pass the Drug and Alcohol Strategy Examination before attending the Court.
Straight forward/unopposed applications are heard in Tuesday Ordinary “Liquor Licensing” Court which sits every Tuesday straight after Contracts Court.
The licensee or the proposed Designated Official must be present in Court when the application is heard.
The applicant must comply with all relevant requirements under the Ordinance when applying for a Liquor Licence:
The departments will prepare reports for presentation in Court. The purpose of these reports is to assist the Court in making its decision whether to grant the application.
Once the application is granted the licensee must remember that any changes made to the licence/the premises must be approved by the Court. This include change of Designated Official, any extension to the licensed area and also any material alteration to the licensed premises.
The application process can be confusing so if you are unsure of the process or you need assistance with making an application please contact Jana Valkovska at email@example.com or your usual contact at Ferbrache & Farrell.
 A body corporate cannot hold a Category G Passenger vessel Licence