Personal Licence

Information and advice on how to apply for a personal licence.

Please note you must complete the Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration included with the Personal Licence Application.

DUE TO CHANGES IN LEGISATION YOU MUST ALSO NOW PROVIDE EVIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO WORK IN THE U.K. BEFORE A PERSONAL LICENCE CAN BE ISSUED.  PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY THE NEW STYLE APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS FROM 06 APRIL 2017.  

Licence summary

If you wish to authorise the sale of alcohol you will need to complete the application for grant of a Personal Licence. 

Eligibility criteria

The holder of an accredited or certified licensing qualification or its equivalent; this person must also produce a current criminal conviction certificate or a criminal record certificate or the results of a subject access search of the Police national computer by the National Identification Service.

Regulation summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence


Application evaluation process

An application for the grant of a personal licence must, if the applicant is ordinarily resident in the area of a licensing authority, be made to that authority, and may, in any other case, be made to any licensing authority.

There is a fee of £37.00 payable at time of application.

Applications must be made on the prescribed form.  If the application is made using the online service the original examination certificate and results of the criminal background check will still need to be submitted to the licensing authority either by hand or by post before the application can be deemed duly made. Please note the background search results/certificate is only valid for one calendar month from the date of issue for the purposes of obtaining a personal Licence.

If the proposed personal licence holder has any relevant conviction(s) the licensing authority must inform the Chief Officer of Police for the area and the  Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) of this conviction(s) and they may make a representation to the licensing authority.

The licensing authority must grant the application, if no relevant representations are received. If however, they are made and not withdrawn a hearing must be held before members of the licensing committee, unless all parties required by the Act agree that such a hearing is unnecessary.

The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, the Chief Officer of Police and the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement)

 


 Renewing your personal licence

The Deregulation Act 2015 came into effect on the 1 April 2015, and abolished the requirement to renew personal licences. Instead personal licences will carry on indefinitely until such time that they are either surrendered or revoked.

Can I still use my existing personal licence, even though it appears to have expired?

Yes. Because the requirement to renew has been abolished, the expiry date no longer applies.

Can I get my licence updated to remove the expiry date?

Yes. All newly issued personal licences will have the expiry date removed, and this will be done automatically the next time you apply to update your licence; for example if you change name or address.

Do I need to change my photo?

No. There is currently no requirement to update your photo.


How to apply

You can apply by completing the following:

Please note you must complete the Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration included with the Personal Licence Application.

 Guidance

Other forms


Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact us online

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281


Applicant redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Contact us online


Appeals

The applicant or the Chief Officer of Police who made a relevant representation may appeal against the decision made by the Licensing Committee.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281


Other redress

The chief police officer for the police area where the premises are located can apply to the licensing authority for a summary review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder or both. The licensing authority must within 48 hours of receipt of the application consider whether it is necessary to take interim steps pending the determination of a review of the premises licence. A review hearing will be held with 28 days of receipt of the application and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.

A decision made by the licensing authority at a summary review of a premises licence does not have effect until the end of the period given for appealing against the decision or if the decision is appealed against, the time the appeal is disposed of.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281


Trade associations

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)
Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)
Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA)

Public Register

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