Personal Licences

Licensing Services

About licence

Anyone who plans to sell or supply alcohol or authorise the sale or supply of alcohol from a premises that holds a Premises Licence must apply for a Personal Licence. You must apply to the Council where you live (not the one where the premises you work at is situated unless they are the same.) You cannot apply for more than one Personal Licence.

A Personal Licence:

  • Is granted to a specified individual
  • Is effective indefinitely unless it is surrendered, suspended or revoked
  • Can be used anywhere in England and Wales

Who can apply?

Persons aged 18 or over who:

  • Have not forfeited a Personal Licence in the previous five years
  • Does not have any relevant criminal convictions as specified in Schedule 4 of the Licensing Act
  • Holds an accredited licensing qualification (details of which can be found below) or are a prescribed person*
  • Personal Licences can be suspended for up to 6 months or revoked

How much does a licence cost?

  • The fee to apply for or renew a personal licence is £37.00
  • The fee for a replacement personal licence or to change your details is £10.50

What do I need to apply for a licence?

  • You must hold a qualification known as the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) from an accredited organisation. This can be obtained through a number of accredited organisations, a list of which can be found on the following link Accredited qualification providers
  • You will need a basic criminal record disclosure which must be no more than one month old when provided to the Council as part of a valid application. You can apply for your certificate via the following link: Basic Disclosure Application

Online licensing forms You can apply for a new licence, change details on an existing licence or surrender your licence.