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Apply for or renew a personal licence to sell alcohol

A personal licence may authorise an individual to sell or supply alcohol under a premises licence by becoming the designated premises supervisor.

To apply for a personal licence you must:

  • be 18 years old or over
  • own an accredited personal licence qualification
  • have not forfeited a personal licence in the past 5 years
  • have the right to work within the UK

How to apply

  1. Download the application pack

    You will not be granted a personal licence if you have any of the relevant offences listed below. Check you are eligible before you download an application pack. 

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  2. Fill in the application forms

    You need to print the form, fill it in and post it to us along with all your qualifying documents.​​​​ 

  3. Send us your documents and make a payment

    You'll need to include copies of the following:


    The fee for a personal licence is £37.00. You can pre pay by debit or credit card (by phone only - 01922 653050 option 2). You will need your reference number to complete the application.

What happens next

A personal licence will be granted to you on receipt of a valid application if:

  • you have no relevant or foreign convictions
  • you have had suitable training
  • you are over 18 years of age

If you have any relevant or foreign convictions, the police can make representations against the application and the matter will be referred to a Licensing and Safety Sub-Committee.

You will be given the opportunity to attend a hearing to address any concerns raised by the police.

The committee members will make a decision on whether they allow or refuse your licence based on:

  • the points raised
  • the evidence presented


From 1 April 2015 and under Deregulation Act 2015, there is no need to renew a personal licence. If you have a licence with an expiry date of 1 April 2015 onwards your licence is considered to have no expiry date.

Make changes to or replace a lost personal licence

Download and complete the form below, and send it back to us

The fee for a change of name or address update, or replacement licence is £10.50.

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