Personal licences

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1. Information on personal licences

An individual may only hold one personal licence at a time.

Not every person selling alcohol at a licensed premises needs to hold a personal licence, but every sale of alcohol must be authorised by a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) who must hold a personal licence.

For example, a sales assistant does not need to hold a personal licence but a licensed premises has to have a designated premises supervisor (DPS) who is responsible for the day to day running of the premises, such as the manager.

Personal licences are valid indefinitely unless surrendered, suspended, revoked or declared forfeit by the courts.

The requirement to renew a personal licence was removed from the Licensing Act 2003 by the Deregulation Act 2015.

If we grant a personal licence we will always remain the 'relevant licensing authority' even if you move out of the area. If you change your name or address you will need to contact us so that we can issue an updated licence.