The Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") establishes a regime for the granting of personal licences to individuals to supply, or to authorise the supply of alcohol. The personal licence is separate from the licence which authorises the premises to be used for the supply of alcohol.
The licensing of individuals separately from the licensing of premises permits the movement of personal licence holders from one premise to another, allowing greater flexibility. It ends the previous outdated regime where publicans were tied by licences to the premises where they work.
The Act also provides the police and licensing authorities with powers to deal with errant personal licence holders.
The personal licence relates only to the supply of alcohol under a premises licence. An individual will not require a personal licence for the other licensable activities, the provision of regulated entertainment or late night refreshment, or for the supply of alcohol under a club premises certificate or temporary event notice (although personal licence holders will be able to give 50 temporary event notices each year instead of the limit of 5 for non-personal licence holders).
A personal licence does not authorise its holder to supply alcohol anywhere, but only from establishments with a premises licence authorising the supply of alcohol in accordance with the premises licence. An individual may hold only one personal licence at any one time.
All premises licences authorising the supply of alcohol must have an identified personal licence holder known as the designated premises supervisor. This ensures there is always one specified individual who can be readily identified at premises where a premises licence is in force. This person will usually be responsible for the day-to-day running of the premises. More than one individual at the licensed premises may hold a personal licence, although it is not necessary for all staff to be licensed. But, all supplies of alcohol under a premises licence must be made by or under the authority of a personal licence holder.
A personal licence is issued for ten years in the first instance and can be renewed on application for a further ten years if the licence holder has not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence.
Applicants for personal licences will need to obtain an accredited qualification first. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sale of alcohol. Personal licence qualification providers are accredited by the Secretary of State.
Further information about Personal Licences is available in the documents below.
Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
How To Apply (pdf)
Qualification Providers (pdf)
Convictions and Offences (pdf)
Advice On Photographs (pdf)
Designated Premises Supervisor (pdf)
Under the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003, the Licensing Authority has a duty to maintain and publish a Personal Licences Register.
Application Forms for Personal Licences can be downloaded below
Personal Licence Application Form (doc)
Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration Form (doc)
Relevant Offences in respect of Personal Licences (doc)
Send your completed application form to:
Three Rivers District Council
Three Rivers House
Herts. WD3 1RL
Or, if you need further information about licensing, please contact us on:
Telephone: 01923 776611
Further information can be obtained from:
- Three Rivers District Council's Licensing Statement of Policy.
- Licensing Act 2003 and the Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Act
- The British Institute of Innkeepers at www.bii.org