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Personal licences for sale of alcohol

You need a personal licence to supervise the sale of alcohol in premises including pubs, off-licences, restaurants, hotels, and supermarkets.

There are various duties on holders of personal licences and a court can seek forfeiture of a licence if the licensee is convicted of various relevant offences listed in the Licensing Act 2003.


To apply for a licence you must:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • not have any relevant criminal convictions as spelt out in the Act
  • possess an approved licensing qualification
  • pay the required fee
  • be eligible to work in the UK


The relevant legislation is the Licensing Act 2003. You can find out more on GOV.UK - alcohol licensing.

Please also read our applicant guidance and statement of licensing policy.

How to apply

You can download the relevant application form:


The fee is £37.

Application process

You should apply for a personal licence to the local authority for the area in which you live. If you move to another area the licence is portable. This means the personal licence will travel with you. You should notify your original licensing authority of any changes of name or address while you hold a personal licence.

Once we receive your completed application, if there's no reason to consult the police (no relevant convictions) then we aim to issue the licence in 3 working days.

Renewing a personal licence

It is no longer necessary to renew a personal licence. Section 115 of the Licensing Act 2003 has been amended by section 69 of the Deregulation Act 2015, removing the requirement to renew personal licences. Any licences with an expiry date after 1 April 2015, or that bear no expiry date, shall remain valid indefinitely. If you would like to have a new personal licence issued with a current photo then you can send in a passport photo with a covering letter and the fee of £10.50. You will then receive a new personal licence card.


If the police object and the Panel refuses a licence then you would have a right of appeal to the Magistrates' Court. The police have 14 days to object, and after that, it might take up to 28 days to convene a Panel hearing.

Contact information

Licensing Team

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