Personal Licence

A personal licence allows you to authorise the sale or supply of alcohol in a venue which has a premises licence. A personal licence alone is not sufficient to authorise the sale of alcohol. A personal licence holder may give consent to become a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) for a licensed premises.

Personal licences are issued by the local authority where a person lives and since 6 April 2015 has no expiry date. Personal licence holders can authorise up to 50 temporary event notices in each calendar year.

Before applying for a personal licence a recognised qualification must be achieved. The aim of this is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sales of alcohol. Your right to work will be checked as part of your licensing application and this could involve us checking your immigration status with the Home Office. We may otherwise share information with the Home Office. Your licence application will not be determined until you have complied with this guidance.

This application should be made to the local authority where the applicant lives, not to the authority where the licensed premises is located. Check your postcode to see which council you should make your application.

How to apply

Complete and return both parts of the application form above along with:

  • two photographs of yourself, one of which is endorsed as a true likeness (advice on photographs)
  • the original or certified copy of your licensing qualification certificate
  • the results of a basic criminal convictions check (no older that one month). This can be obtained from get basic DBS check
  • fee

Providing that you have not had any relevant convictions and you meet the above criteria, the grant of a personal licence will be a formality.

Notification of change of name or address or lost badge

Please complete the online form and pay the fee.

Personal licences issued prior to 6 April 2015

The government removed expiry dates on personal licence on 6 April 2015 and there is no requirement to renew your personal licence. However, if you would like a new licence without an expiry date there will be a fee.

Please contact licensing for more information 01276 707100

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