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Apply for a personal licence

A Personal Licence is required by an individual to supply or authorise the sale of alcohol in any premises.

The Personal Licence is separate from the licence which authorises the premises to be used for the supply of alcohol. A personal licence authorises its holder to supply alcohol only from establishments with a premises license authorising the supply of alcohol in accordance with the premises licence.

To complete an application for a personal licence you will need to submit the following:

  • a completed application form
  • a completed disclosure of convictions and declaration
  • a basic DBS disclosure certificate (less than 28 days old at the date of application)
  • proof of qualification
  • two passport size photos (one signed to endorse it is a true likeness)
  • the correct fee which is £37 - Payment for Personal Licence application
  • proof of your right to work in the United Kingdom

Before submitting your application, please ensure you are applying to the correct council. Your licence will always be issued by the council where you ordinarily reside.

Application documents

You can email your application and supporting documents to:


You can pay your application fee online:

DBS disclosure certificate

You can apply for a basic DBS disclosure certificate online:

If you request an electronic copy of your basic DBS check you can supply us with a share code to enable us to view the results. Please ensure this is provided within the application form or email at time of submission.

Endorsed photos

The below document outlines the details of who can certify a personal licence photograph.

Qualification providers

The GOV.UK website keeps an updated list of accredited organisations that provide courses and exams for a personal licence to sell alcohol, as well as previously accredited courses. If your qualification was part of an accredited course at the time of issue this can still be used for your personal licence application.

Make a change to a personal licence

You must notify us of any change in your name or address as stated on your personal licence.