A personal licence allows the holder to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol from premises with a premises licence or temporary events notice.
Who qualifies for a personal licence?
To qualify for a personal licence you must:
- Be over 18 years of age
- Not have forfeited a personal licence within 5 years
- Not have been convicted of a relevant or foreign offence
- Possess an accredited licensing qualification.
Do all the staff at my premises need to hold a personal licence?
No. The only person who must hold one is the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) - see Premises Licences for further information. However, all supply of alcohol under a premises licence must be authorised by a person who holds a personal licence.
How long do personal licences last and what will they cost?
They will be valid indefinitely, and the cost is £37.
What do I need to do to obtain a personal license?
You need to pass a recognised licensing qualification and you must provide a Dislosure and Barring Service Check. It is up to the applicant to arrange a Basic DBS check via www.disclosurescotland.co.uk.
For a new personal licences you will need to supply the following:
- Two photographs endorsed as a true likeness by a professional person
- Your licensing qualification (more information can be found at the BIIAB website or EDI website)
- Your 'basic' level DBS check certificate
- A completed application form, which includes details of any relevant or foreign offence
- The prescribed fee which is £37.
Personal licence forms
For new personal licences or changes to your licence:
- Personal licence application
- Change of name or address of licence holder
- Guide to personal licence qualification
Renewal of Personal Licences
As from 6th April 2015 the Government have passed legislation that there is no longer a requirement to renewal personal licences.
Holder are reminded that there is still a requirement to notify the authority of any change of address.
Who can object to the grant of a personal licence?
Only the Police can object if you have been convicted of a relevant or foreign offence, and they believe that by granting you a personal licence, it would undermine the crime and disorder licensing objective.
Will I need to get a new licence if my circumstances change?
No, but you will need to notify the licensing authority if you change your name or address, or if you are convicted of a relevant or foreign offence.
Can I have my licence taken away?
Yes, it could be suspended or revoked if you are convicted of a relevant offence.
What is a relevant or foreign offence?
The offences that are listed in schedule four to the The Licensing Act are all relevant offences. A 'foreign offence' is an offence (other than a relevant offence) under the law of any place outside England and Wales.
Register of personal licence applications
View all liquor licensing applications online via the our public licence register.