Personal Alcohol Licence

Personal Alcohol Licence Application

The following is intended as a guide to making an application for a Personal Alcohol Licence. Hyndburn Borough Council cannot take responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions. You may wish to seek your own independent legal advice before making any licensing application to the Licensing Authority.

A personal licence authorises the holder to supply alcohol or allow the supply of alcohol in premises holding a premises licence.  Not everyone who makes a sale of alcohol needs to have a personal licence, but all alcohol sales must be authorised by a personal licence holder.

To qualify for a personal licence you must fulfil certain criteria. These are set out in the Licensing Act 2003. We must grant the licence if it appears that:

  • you are aged 18 or over
  • you have not previously held a personal licence which has been forfeited within the period of five years
  • before making the application, you possess an accredited licensing qualification, or you are a person of prescribed description
  • you have not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence
  • you have the right to live and work in the UK

Before a personal licence may be issued you must:

  • download and complete a Personal Alcohol Licence application form including a Disclosure of Convictions and Civil Immigration Penalties and Declaration.  To see more about how we record and store your information please see the Council’s privacy notice.
  • provide two photographs, which must be: taken against a light background 45 millimetres by 35 millimetres full face uncovered and without sunglasses on photographic paper endorsed with a statement verifying the likeness of the applicant by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or an individual with a professional qualification
  • provide proof of a relevant qualification
  • provide a Basic Disclosure Certificate dated within the last month
  • provide a copy of an acceptable document to demonstrate your right to live and work in the UK
  • enclose the prescribed fee of £37.00 by either cash, cheque or Postal Order made payable to Hyndburn Borough Council.  We can also take credit/debit card payments over the telephone

Applications should be made to the local authority in whose area the applicant is normally resident.

If you have been convicted of relevant or foreign offences then we will notify the Police. The Police will decide, within 14 days, whether or not there is a need to object.

If the Police make an objection we will hold a hearing to consider the objection. We will reject the application if we consider it necessary for the promotion of crime prevention. Otherwise the licence will be granted.

If your application is rejected you have the right to appeal. Your appeal must be made to the magistrates’ court within 21 days, beginning the day we notified you of our decision.

If your application is granted despite a Police objection, the Police may also appeal under the same terms.

Once granted your licence will take effect immediately.

Your personal licence will take the form of two separate parts:

  • Part 1: a credit card size document containing your name and address, our name (as the issuing authority), your photograph and your unique licence number.
  • Part 2: a certificate, containing a record of any relevant or foreign offences you have been convicted of, the date of each conviction and the sentence received. This part also contains all the details contained in Part 1, except the photograph.

Current personal licence holders are no longer required to apply to renew their licence as part of the Deregulation Act 2014.