If an individual wants to supply alcohol or authorise the sale of alcohol within a licensed premises they must have a personal licence.
The personal licence will enable the individual to carry out the sale of alcohol in a licensed premises anywhere within England and Wales.
Personal licences remain valid unless surrendered, suspended, revoked or declared forfeit by the courts.
The requirement to renew a personal licence was removed from the Licensing Act 2003 by the Deregulation Act 2015. Once granted, the licensing authority which issued the licence remains the “relevant authority” for it and its holder, even though the individual may move out of the area or take employment elsewhere. The personal licence itself will give details of the issuing licensing authority.
Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the legislation.gov.uk website.
Before you can apply for a personal licence you must obtain an accredited licensing qualification. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that licence holders are aware of the licensing law and the wider social responsibilities involved in the sale of alcohol. This training is not provided by Stockton on Tees Borough Council and must be sought externally. Further information about the licensing qualifications can be obtained direct from the Home Office website.
To apply for a personal licence you will need to complete the application for grant of a Personal Licence and the Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration forms below.
If you have been convicted of any relevant offence or foreign offence you must provide details for each conviction, this must include the name and location of the convicting court, details of the offence of which you were convicted and the sentence imposed.
If there are convictions for any relevant or foreign offence, the licensing authority will give a notice to the chief officer of police for the area. If the police make no objections within a 14 day period, the licence will be granted.
If you need to change any personal details you need to apply for a replacement licence. You need to return your current personal licence (paper counterpart and photo card) and two photographs (as above) accompanied by the £10.50 fee.
To apply for a Personal Licence please download and complete the appropriate form below.
To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below: