A personal licence permits an individual to sell or supply alcohol at premises for which a premises licence or temporary event notice is in force.
Personal licences are issued by the local authority in which the applicant lives, regardless of where they intend to work. They do not expire and are portable, allowing the holder to supply alcohol or authorise the supply of alcohol at any licensed premises in England and Wales.
Not every person who works at licensed premises needs to be a personal licence holder, but the Designated Premises Supervisor must hold a personal licence and all sales of alcohol must be authorised by a personal licence holder.
Apply for a Personal Licence
To apply for a personal licence to sell alcohol, you must be over 18 and hold an alcohol licensing qualification.
You must submit the following to the Licensing Team:
- a completed Application for a Personal Licence form (PDF, 164KB)
- a Disclosure of Convictions and Civil Penalties Declaration form
- £37 fee (paid online) When paying for a new personal licence please enter a 6 digit number (date format) for the Licence Reference Number
- a basic disclosure, not more than 1 month old at the time of application
- the original certificate of your relevant qualification
- proof of your right to work in the UK (e.g. a copy of your passport, residence card, etc.)