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Alcohol and entertainment

Personal Licence

A personal licence is required to authorise the retail sales of alcohol.


This Authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form 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 contact the Licensing Team.

Eligibility, penalties and regulation summary

A Personal licence is required for individuals who may be engaged in making and authorising the sale or supply of alcohol. Not every person retailing alcohol at premises licensed for that purpose will need a personal licence, but every sale or supply of alcohol must be at least authorised by such a licence holder. The only exception is for community premises in respect of which a successful application has been made to disapply the usual mandatory conditions.

An applicant for a licence must apply to the local authority where they live. Only one application can be made at any one time. A licence will last indefinitely unless it is surrendered or forfeited.

To apply for a personal licence you must:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • hold a licensing qualification accredited by the Secretary of State (or which is certified as if it is such a qualification or is considered equivalent) or be a person as prescribed by the Secretary of State by regulations
  • not have forfeited a personal licence within five years of your application
  • not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence*

*Relevant offence refers to the offences listed in the Act that could, on conviction, rule out the grant or renewal of a personal licence to the applicant concerned.

Refer to the summary of the regulation relating to this licence


A fee of £37 is payable with the application.

Application evaluation process

Applications must be submitted on the prescribed form with the Disclosure of Convictions Declaration and be accompanied by the following:

  • the prescribed fee
  • - a prescribed disclosure of Criminal Records (please note that police disclosure is only valid for 28 days from the issue date) or online Disclosure and Barring Service (also is valid for 28 days from date of issue).
  • a declaration by the applicant, in the prescribed form confirming that he has not been convicted of a relevant offence or a foreign offence or detailing the nature and date of any conviction in respect of a relevant offence or a foreign offence
  • 2  passport sized photographs (photo must meet the same specification as Passports, Photocard Driving Licences or Identity Cards)

Will tacit consent apply?

  • Tacit consent will not apply

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. 

If 'tacit consent' applies it means that an application is automatically approved if a decision is not made within the above decision period. In all other cases approval can only be obtained following the decision regardless of the time taken.

Replacement Licence

Download a Personal Licence Replacement Application form

Change of address

Download a Change of address form

Public register

Some applications will be recorded in a Public Register. A list of our current public registers can be viewed on our website.

Last updated Thursday, 1st February 2018

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