Personal Licence

Personal Licence

Sales of alcohol may not be made under a premises licence unless there is a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) in respect of the premises (who must hold a personal licence); and every sale must be made or authorised by a personal licence holder.

Personal Licence Renewals

The Deregulation Act 2015 came into effect on the 1 April 2015, and abolished the requirement to renew personal licences. Instead personal licences will carry on indefinitely until such time that they are either surrendered or revoked.

Can I still use my existing personal licence, even though it appears to have expired?

Yes. Because the requirement to renew has been abolished, the expiry date no longer applies.

Can I get my licence updated to remove the expiry date?

Yes. All newly issued personal licences will have the expiry date removed, and this will be done automatically the next time you apply to update your licence; for example if you change name or address. However, if you wish to have your licence updated early, you can apply for a newly issued "copy" of your licence. To do so you will need to supply us with:

  • A written request to replace your licence, providing your full name, address.

  • Your existing licence or an explanation as to why it cannot be returned.

  • The £10.50 administration fee.

Do I need to change my photo?

No. There is currently no requirement to update your photo. However you may run into difficulties if you no longer resemble the photo printed upon your personal licence. Therefore we strongly recommend that you get your photo updated at least every 10 years (in line with the requirements of driving licences and passports). As with any change to a personal licence, this will incur a £10.50 administration fee. You need only pay a single fee if making multiple changes at the same time.

General Information

  • A personal licence will be required by a person who supervises the sale or supply of alcohol in accordance with the Licensing Act.

  • A personal licence holder may be eligible to be named as the designated premises supervisor on a premises licence. A premises licence is required for all premises involved in licensable activities.

  • Applicants wishing to apply for a personal licence must apply to the local council in which they live. The licence will last for ten years and must be renewed with the issuing council.

  • A personal licence holder is permitted to use the Licence throughout the country and not restricted to any one premises.

Requirements for a New Application for a Personal Licence

Applicants must:

  • Be over 18

  • Hold an accredited Personal Licensing Qualification.

  • Provide a Basic DBS certificate or PNC search.

  • Complete an application form together with a declaration relating to convictions of relevant offences or foreign offences

  • Pay the application fee of £37 to be submitted with the application.

  • Provide 2 passport-sized photographs (the photographs should be taken against a light background, show full face and not any head covering unless worn for religious beliefs, sun glasses are also not permitted to be worn). One photograph should be endorsed as a "true likeness" of the named applicant. The photo can be endorsed by a solicitor, a person of standing in the community or an individual with a professional qualification.

Please ensure your application includes all the following

  • Completed application form

  • 2 passport photographs (1 of which must be endorsed)

  • A Licensing qualification

  • Criminality check either Police PNC document or a basic DBS certificate

  • A completed disclosure of convictions and declaration form.

  • The fee of £37

National Fraud Initiative

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide on these forms for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

For further information, see the National Fraud Initiative in Related Links or contact the licensing department. To obtain any information held about you please contact the Procurement and Technical Officer on 0115 9173296.

tel: 0115 917 3241