A personal licence does not authorise its holder to sell alcohol anywhere, but only from establishments with a premises licence authorising the sale of alcohol in accordance with the premises licence. An individual may hold only one personal licence at any one time.
Applications for a personal licence must be made to the Council in whose district the applicant lives.
PLEASE NOTE: The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015 and as from 1st April 2015 the requirement to renew personal licences has now been abolished.
Personal Licences will carry on indefinitely until such times that they are either surrendered or revoked. The expiry date no longer applies and therefore now has no relevance.
Before you can apply for a personal licence, you will first need to complete a qualification known as the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).
The Government maintains a list of awarding bodies who issue this qualification.
Please contact the qualification providers directly for details of their course and local training centres.
- Download a Personal licence application form (pdf)
- Download a Disclosure of convictions & declaration form (pdf)
The disclosure & declaration form must accompany a new application. The following must also be submitted to validate the application:
- the fee of £37 (payable by card only)
- two passport sized photos
- an original basic disclosure certificate dated within the last 30 days.
- the original licensing qualification certificate
Will tacit consent apply?
Yes, tacit consent will apply.
This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Council by the end of the target period.
If the applicant has any relevant convictions, the Licensing Department will notify the police of the application, who may formerly object within 14 days. If an objection is received from the police, a hearing will be arranged to determine the application.
If there are no objections and the applicant fulfils the criteria, the licence will be granted.
Changes in name or address shown on personal licence
Under section 127 of the Licensing Act 2003, holders of Personal Licences are required to notify their relevant licensing authority if there are any changes in the name or address shown on the face of the licence (for example, if the holder moves to a different house, or if they change their name by deed poll). This form may be used to fulfil this requirement.
When received, the licensing authority will reissue the Personal Licence to show the updated details.
For further information about personal licences, or to discuss any particular issues, please email us at email@example.com, or phone us on 01923 776611.