Personal licences

Personal licence holders may authorise the sale of alcohol at premises licensed for that purpose and may also be employed as the designated premises supervisor at such premises.

For further guidance download the personal licence guide or the role of a designated premises supervisor document.

Door supervisors

All door supervisors must have a licence. This is not issued by the council. Please visit the Security Industry Authority (SIA) website for more information. 

Apply for a licence

For personal licences, you should complete the application form (see below), make the appropriate online payment and return it to us with the following documentation:

  1. Two passport sized photographs, one of which has been endorsed as a true likeness
  2. Basic disclosure certificate of criminal convictions which is less than one month old. If the certificate is older than this your application will be rejected or you will have to obtain a new disclosure check.
  3. Licensing qualification certificate. There are currently six accredited personal licence qualifications. You will need to undertake one of these courses to become a personal licence holder:
  • BIIAB Level 2 National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders
  • CIEH Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • GQAL Level 2 National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders
  • HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • LASER Level 2 Award for Personal Licence holders
  • SQA Level 2 National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders

Please note that the national certificate for licensees is not an accredited qualification.

If you have any current convictions for any relevant or foreign offences, then we must notify the Chief Officer of Police. If the police make no objections within the statutory 14 day period, we will grant your licence.

Personal licences - application forms

These licences will not automatically be granted and tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that the application is processed as quickly as possible so if you do not hear from us within a reasonable time please contact us. For information on how long the team will take in determining the application please see the timescales policy.

Fees and length of a licence/consent

A new personal licence application must be accompanied by the correct fee and supporting documentation in order to prevent any delay in the processing or acceptance of your application.

Your personal licence is valid, once issued, and remains valid unless suspended, revoked or surrendered.  

Public register of licences

Search current licences

Representations for or against an application

Only the police are able to make representations for these licences. 

Change of name or address 

Any change of name or address must be reported to the Licensing team together with a fee of £10.50 and your original documents in order for an up to date licence to be issued. You can make an online payment