Apply for a personal licence
If you want to sell, or authorise the sale of, alcohol, you may need a personal licence.
You will need a personal licence to become a designated premises supervisor (DPS) of a premises that sells alcohol.
This is detailed in The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal licences) Regulations 2005.
Instances when a personal licence is not needed are listed in Section 192 of the Act.
Under the Deregulation Act 2015, you no longer need to renew your personal licence. Personal licences will now carry on indefinitely until they are surrendered or revoked.
How do I apply?
To apply for a licence, you will need to:
- Provide evidence of your right to work in the UK
- Complete our personal licence application form (please note that this document contains the application form and disclosure of convictions and declaration form mentioned below).
- Complete a disclosure of convictions and civil immigration penalties and declaration form
- Include two passport sized photographs, one of which is endorsed as a true likeness by a solicitor or notary, a person of standing community or any individual with a professional qualification
- Provide your personal licence certificate (original version, not a copy).
- Provide your basic disclosure result from the disclosure and barring service or police national computer (original version, not a copy). The basic disclosure must not be more than 1 calendar month old when it is submitted with the application.
- Provide document(s) which demonstrate entitlement to work in the UK. A list of acceptable documents can be found in the guidance notes in the personal licence application form.
There is an application fee of £37. An online payment link will be emailed to you when we have received your application.
Applications should be sent to:
South Somerset District Council,
If the application is made online, 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.
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.
What happens once I have submitted my application?
If you have any relevant conviction(s) the licensing authority must inform the Chief Officer of Police for the area and the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) of the 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.)
What happens if my application is refused?
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
Telephone: 01935 426281
I own a licence and have changed my name or address
If you are a personal licence holder, you will need to notify us of your change of name or your change of address.
I need a copy of my licence
If a personal licence has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you can apply for a copy.