A personal licence allows you to authorise the sale or supply of alcohol in a venue which has a premises licence or a temporary event notice. A personal licence alone is not sufficient to authorise the sale of alcohol.
Personal licences are issued by the local authority where a person lives, and since 6 April 2015 has no expiry date. Personal licence holders can authorise up to 50 temporary event notices in each calendar year.
Before applying for a personal licence, a recognised qualification [pdf] 220KB must be achieved. The aim of this is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sale of alcohol.
How to apply
Complete and return to us both the Personal licence application form [pdf] 145KB and Disclosure of convictions and civil penalties declaration [pdf] 95KB, along with:
- two photographs of yourself, one of which is endorsed as a true likeness
- the original or certified copy of your licensing qualification certificate
- the results of a basic criminal convictions check (no older than one month). This can be obtained from Disclosure Scotland - 0870 609 6006.
- fee of £37.00
- Right to work document
Notification of change of name or address or lost badge
Please complete the Personal licence COA form [pdf] 780KB and return it to us, along with your licence (badge and paper copy), two new photos and a fee of £10.50.
Kent TN23 1PL
|Do personal licences expire?||No|
|Do I need a personal licence to be a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)?||Yes|
|Do I need a personal licence to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN)?||No, a non personal licence holder can have 5 TENs a calendar year.|
|My current personal licence has an expiry date on it; do I need to change it?||No, but if you want a new badge we need 2 new photos and a fee of £10.50.|
|I have moved out of the borough, which council should I contact to change my address?||You always remain licensed by the council that issued your licence.|
|I have lost my licence; how can I get a replacement?||You need to provide two new photos and a fee of £10.50.|
What do I need to apply for a personal licence?
|Where can I do my personal licence qualification?||Please refer to the list of providers above or do a Google search for local courses.|
|What does the personal licence course involve?||It’s a one day course with a multiple choice exam at the end of the day.|
|I have changed my address. Do I need to update my licence?||You always remain licensed by the council that issued your licence.|