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Personal Licence

A personal licence allows you to authorise the sale or supply of alcohol in a venue which has either a premises licence or a temporary event notice. A personal licence on its own is not enough to authorise the sale of alcohol.

Personal licences are issued by the local authority where a person lives. Since 6 April 2015 they have 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 must be achieved. 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  the Personal Licence Application Form and Disclosure Of Convictions And Declaration [docx] 60KB to us, along with:

  • two photographs of yourself, one of which is endorsed as a true likeness
  • the original or a certified copy of your licensing qualification certificate
  • the original results of a Request a basic DBS check - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (no older than one month).
  • fee of £37.00 (Payment is taken whilst completing form)
  • Right to work document

Notification of change of name or address or lost badge

If we issued your personal licence, please complete our online Personal licence Lost/Stolen or change of name or address form, You will be required to upload a copy of your personal licence (badge and paper), (where this is not possible, you will need to upload a recent photograph of yourself), and pay a fee of £10.50.

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By post:
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Kent TN23 1PL 

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Do I need a personal licence to apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN)?

No, a non-personal licence holder can have five TENs per 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 two 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?

You need to complete an application form and pay a fee of £37.00. In addition, you'll need to provide a Personal Licence Certificate, two photos (one of which is endorsed by someone – who is not a family member – as a true likeness) and a basic disclosure (dated within a calendar month).

+ 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?

Yes, you need to complete our change of name or address online form below. You will need to upload a copy of your existing licence and pay a fee of £10.50.
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