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Personal licences

How to apply for a personal licence.

You or a member of your staff must hold a personal licence if you sell alcohol from licensed premises so that every sale or supply of alcohol is authorised by a licence holder. 

You must apply for a personal licence in the borough where you live and not where you work unless they are the same. 

You must be 18 years or older and hold a licensing qualification such as the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) Level 2. 

You don’t need a personal licence to sell alcohol under a temporary events notice.

How to apply

You can only apply via email. We no longer accept applications by post. To apply, please complete the two forms below:

Application for a personal license
Application for a personal license PDF, 201.03 KB, 6 pages

Applications must also include:

Email the completed forms, documents, and photos to [email protected].

We will then email you an online payment link with a reference number to pay the £37 fee.

What happens next

You can view the status of your application or look up an existing license on the licensing register.

View information on licensing appeals and complaints

Changing details on a personal licence

​To request an updated licence with your changed details, there is a £10.50 fee. Please pay this fee online. Go to Premises licence (LA2003) and enter your personal licence number as the reference.  

Once you have paid, please email a copy of the receipt for the payment, the details of the changes, and your personal licence number to [email protected]

You must return your original licence to us by post. If you have lost it, please let us know when you email us.

Published: 20 January 2021

Last updated: 29 January 2024