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Personal Licence

What is a personal licence

A personal licence permits a specified person to supply alcohol or allow the supply of alcohol at a premises that has a valid premises licence. Personal licences are valid for ten years, and may be used anywhere in England and Wales.

Do I need a personal licence

You will need a personal licence:

  • if you are designated as the premises supervisor on a premises licence for a premises where alcohol is to be sold;
  • if you want to sell alcohol under a premises licence or authorise others to sell alcohol under a premises licence;
  • if you want to use more than five temporary event notices  in a calendar year.

How do I qualify for a personal licence

You must:

  • be aged 18 or over;
  • have an accredited licensing qualification
  • have not forfeited a personal licence within the preceding five years;
  • have no unspent conviction(s) for a `relevant´ or `foreign´ offence committed in this country or abroad see Licensing Act 2003 for details;
  • have a Disclosure & Barring Service Certificate (DBS), Police National Computer (PNC) check.

How do I apply for a personal licence

Submit your application form and Disclosure of convictions and declaration form to the licensing authority where you live.

You will also need to include:

Two photographs, which need to be:

  • taken against a light background so that your features are distinguishable and contrast against the background;
  • passport photograph size (45 millimetres by 35 millimetres);
  • full face uncovered and without sunglasses and, without a head uncovering (unless worn due to religious beliefs);
  • on photographic paper;
  • one of which is endorsed with a statement verifying the likeness of yourself to the photograph by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification.

And either of the following:

  • Disclosure & Barring Service Certificate (DBS),
  • Police National Computer (PNC) check.

in any case such certificate shall be issued no earlier than one calendar month before giving of the application to the relevant licensing authority.

 The fee for this application is £37.00.

How long will I have to wait for my licence

The licensing authority must determine the application within three months.

Who can object to the grant of my licence

Once the Licensing Authority  is in receipt of your valid application the police have 14 days in which to object on the grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder (e.g. unspent convictions).

What happens if the police object to my application

If there is an objection, a hearing of the licensing sub committee must then be held within 20 days unless all parties agree that a formal hearing is unnecessary.

What can I do if my licence is refused

You can appeal to the Magistrates Court against the Local Authorities decision to refuse a licence, within 21 days of being notified of the decision and the grounds for it.

What obligations do I have when my licence is granted

Once you are a personal licence holder your must:

  • notify the council of any relevant convictions received after it is granted;
  • inform the council if you wish to surrender your licence;
  • notify the court immediately and produce your licence to that court if charged with a relevant offence;
  • produce your licence on request to any police constable or person authorised by the council, when you are on licensed premises.

What do I do if my licence is stolen or lost

You must report this to the Police and then inform your issuing licensing authority in writing as soon as possible, quoting the Police reference number. You must include the fee of £10.50 for a replacement licence.

What do I do if I change my name or address

You must inform your issuing licensing authority in writing as soon as possible. Include the existing licence (both the card and the paper licence) and the fee of £10.50 for a replacement licence.

How do I renew my personal licence

The Government is aiming to remove the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every 10 years through the Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament. The first personal licences were granted in February 2005. However, the Bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent before the tenth anniversary of the date on which the first personal licences were granted. To ensure that personal licence holders are not disadvantaged by this position, the Government will introduce new arrangements through secondary legislation for those whose licences are due for renewal before the proposal in the Bill comes into force.

If you fall under this category your application for renewal will need to be submitted no earlier than three months before it is due to expire, and no later than one month before it is due to expire.

You will not have to enclose an application fee, photographs, a criminal convictions certificate, criminal record certificate or the results of a subject access search of the Police National Computer. You will have to provide your original licence with your application or state why it is not practicable for you to do so.

The simplified process requires us to then acknowledge receipt of the application and we will then return your original licence to you.

For further information, please see the Government guidance on the New arrangements for personal licences due for renewal in 2015.

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