Personal Licence Application
A personal Licence allows the holder to authorise the sale or supply of alcohol in a venue or property which has a premises licence. The Personal Licence is separate from the Premises Licence which authorises the premises to be used for the supply of alcohol and other licensable activities. See guidance notes [PDF 23KB] for further details.
Personal licences are issued by the Local Authority where a person is normally resident and renewed by the same authority irrespective of where the licence holder is resident at the time of renewal. You may only hold one Personal Licence at any time, which will be valid for the whole of your lifetime, but may be revoked if you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence, have to pay an immigration penalty, or are found to have given incorrect or misleading information in your application.
You must have the legal right to work in the UK in order to hold a Personal Licence, proof of which will be required with the application. See guidance notes [PDF 23KB]. Licences will also lapse automatically if your right to work in the UK expires or comes to an end.
Personal licences are not tied to a specific premises, meaning holders of such licences can authorise sales of alcohol in all venues which have a premises licence, throughout England and Wales. This allows for greater flexibility for personal licence holders, and permits the movement of individuals from one premises to another.
The Licensing Act 2003 also states that if a Premises Licence includes the sale or supply of alcohol, a Designated Premises Supervisor must be named on the Premises Licence who will be responsible for the day to day running of the premises. The Designated Premises Supervisor must be a Personal Licence holder. It will not be necessary for all staff selling alcohol to hold a Personal Licence.
The Personal Licence relates only to the supply of alcohol under a Premises Licence. An individual does not require a Personal Licence for other licensable activities such as the provision of regulated entertainment or late night refreshment, or for the supply of alcohol under a club premises certificate.
In the case of Temporary Event Notices, Personal Licence holders will be able to give 50 Temporary Event Notices each year, whereas there will be a limit of 5 for non-Personal Licence holders.
Requirements for a new application for a Personal Licence:
- Be over 18.
- Hold Licensing Qualification that has been accredited by the Secretary of State. The aim of this provision is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sale of alcohol. see list of accredited qualifications in the guidance notes [PDF 23KB] to Personal Licences.
- A completed Application Form for a Personal Licence [PDF 35KB].
- A completed Disclosure of Current Convictions and Civil Immigration penalties declaration [PDF 19KB].
- You must have the legal right to work in the UK (see notes at back of application form).
- You must submit evidence of your right to work the UK with your application.
- Obtain a Scottish Disclosure Certificate and/or statement of foreign offences. This is to determine if the applicant holds any relevant offences. This service is currently available from Disclosure Scotland. Alternatively the form is available from the licensing section at Erewash Borough Council. The disclosure certificate has to be valid to within 1 month of the application. The contact number for Disclosure Scotland is 0870 609 6006.
- Two photographs, one of which must be endorsed.
- Fee - £37.00 for a Personal Licence application payable to Erewash Borough Council.
Licence Holders are required under Section 127 of the Licensing Act 2003 to notify the relevant licensing authority if they change their name or if they move to a new residential address. We have provided a 'Change of Details' form [PDF 24KB] that can be used for this purpose.
Important - Renewal of Personal Licence now not required
The Deregulation Bill received Royal assent on 26 March 2015 and was passed on 1 April 2015, becoming the Deregulation Act 2014. In simple terms this means that you are no longer required to renew your personal licence after the 10 year expiry date as was previously the case. The licence will remain valid with no expiry date
Please note that you are still required to let us know if you change your name or address so we can update your licence, otherwise you are not required to take any further action. If this is the case you will need to complete an additional separate form and pay the prescribed fee of £10.50.
Personal licence holders also have a duty to notify the relevant licensing authority if they have been convicted of a relevant or foreign offence. (This is a requirement under s.123 Licensing Act 2003. Relevant offences are listed in Schedule 4 to the Licensing Act 2003).
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For further information regarding Personal Licences please contact the Licensing Department using the details below:
Erewash Borough Council
Tel: 0115 9071113
Fax: 0115 9071121