Personal licences

The Licensing Act 2003 specifies that every supply of alcohol made under a Premises Licence must be made or authorised by a Personal Licence holder.  Every premises involved in the sale or supply of alcohol must have one nominated Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), who must hold a Personal Licence.

Due to the importance of this role, we consider it good practice for more than one Personal Licence holder to be associated with each premise that is licensed to sell alcohol. 

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How do I apply for a Personal Licence?

All applicants for a Personal Licence must:

  • be over 18
  • hold a relevant licensing qualification
  • provide a criminal record check that is no more than a month old
  • provide two passport sized photographs
  • provide a disclosure of convictions and declaration
  • submit a correctly completed application form
  • submit right to work/immigration status documentation.

Your licence will be issued within three months of receipt by us.

Please read the Personal licence - guidance notes. You must complete the New Personal Licence form and Personal Disclosure form and send these with the relevant payment, see our Licensing current fees

Please follow these How to pay for personal alcohol licences for your application.

What qualifications do I need to apply for a Personal Licence?

You must hold a licensing qualification that has been accredited by the Secretary of State, or an equivalent qualification. The following qualifications have been accredited so far:

  • BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • CIEH Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • HABC Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • IQ Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • LASER Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • NCFE Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • PEARSON EDUCATION LTD Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • SQA Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders
  • QNUK Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
  • TRAINING QUALIFICATION UK Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders

You may find this list of Personal licence qualification providers useful.

How do I apply for a basic Disclosure check?

New applicants may obtain their criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland until 31 January 2018.

Your Disclosure is only valid for 28 days from the date that the Disclosure was issued by Disclosure and Barring Service.

The only type of Disclosure check we can accept for a personal alcohol licence is a basic criminal record check, we cannot accept a standard or enhanced Disclosure check.

Sending photographs with your Personal Licence application

Two photographs must be submitted, which must:

  • contrast against the background
  • measure 45mm x 35mm
  • show the full face uncovered and without sunglasses and, unless the applicant wears a head covering due to their religious beliefs, without a head covering
  • have one of the photos endorsed as a true likeness of the applicant by a solicitor or notary, professional person, or a person of standing in the community.

How long will my Personal Licence be valid for?

Your licence will run indefinitely, unless it is surrendered by yourself, suspended, revoked or declared forfeit by a court.

How can I get a replacement Personal Licence?

Complete the Personal - application for replacement licence form, and send this with the relevant payment, see our Licensing current fees

How to pay for personal alcohol licences for your application.

How can I update my Personal Licence if I change my name or address?

Complete the ‌notification of change of name or address and send this with the relevant payment, see our Licensing current fees

How to pay for personal alcohol licences.

Do I have to tell you about any convictions I have?

Relevant Convictions are listed on Relevant and Foreign offences. If applicable, you must notify us within 14 days of your conviction.

Complete the Personal - notification of conviction of relevant offence Form.

How do I renew my personal licence?

All licences are now valid indefinitely, even if they have been issued with an expiry date, unless it is surrendered by yourself, suspended, revoked or declared forfeit by a court.

Opening times

Day Times
Monday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Tuesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Wednesday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Thursday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Friday 9.00am to 12.45pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Contact details

Email:
Post address:
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 641951
Minicom: 01332 640666
Fax: 01332 643299
Licensing Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby
DE1 2FS