A personal licence authorises a person aged 18 or over to supervise or authorise the sale of alcohol. There is a requirement for every personal licence applicant to be trained to a national standard and produce a training certificate with their application form.

Applicants are advised to apply for a personal licence in the Local Authority area in which they are ordinarily resident. The personal licence has a fixed duration of 10 years.

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The fee for a personal licence is £50. An application form should be submitted along with 2 passport-style photographs and a copy of a passed training certificate. Applications should be returned to us.

Personal Licence Holder Qualification

When selling alcohol on licensed premises, the sale must be authorised by a personal licence holder. The premises manager must also possess a personal licence. In many premises, other members of staff also have personal licence qualifications so that they can authorise sales in the absence of the premises manager.

The holder of a personal licence must undergo refresher training to ensure their licence remains valid, and they must produce evidence that they have undergone this refresher course, to the Licensing Board that they originally produced their personal licence holder certificate to, within 5 years of achieving their personal licence (with a three month grace period).

  • If licence holders do not renew their personal licences within this time period, their personal licences will be revoked
  • If the premises manager has their personal licence revoked then the sale of alcohol will no longer be permitted on their premises
  • If personal licence holders who are not premises managers have their licence revoked, they will no longer be allowed to authorise sales in the absence of the premises manager
Personal Licence Renewal Period

Your application for renewal must be submitted 3 months prior to the expiry date on your licence, this means that your application must be received by the Licensing Department before this date.

Failure to lodge the application by this date means that the Licensing Board will not be able to renew your licence and your licence will cease to have effect.

The fee for this application is £50 and the application should be returned as soon as possible in order to allow time for it to be processed by the expiry date of your licence.

As part of the renewal process, you are required to undergo refresher training and provide the updated certificate with your application. Failure to provide this certificate with your application will mean the Licensing Board are unable to accept your application and it will be returned to you, meaning that your application may not be lodged in time and your licence could cease to have effect.

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