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Personal licence

Under the Licensing Act 2003, persons authorising the sale or supply of alcohol from a business holding a Premises Licence will also need to hold a Personal Licence. If you are named as a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) on a premises Licence, you must have obtained a Personal Licence before any alcohol can be sold.

To obtain a Personal Licence, you will need to apply to the local authority for the area in which you are resident. We are only able to accept applications from persons who live within the East Staffordshire area.  If you are not normally resident within England or Wales, you may apply to any licensing authority, including East Staffordshire.

You must have the legal right to work in the UK in order to hold a Personal Licence, proof of which will be required.

Personal Licences are issued directly to the person applying for them, and are not transferable. Once you have obtained one, you are free to work at any premises which is subject to a premises licence authorising the sale/supply of alcohol, anywhere in England or Wales.  You may only hold one Personal Licence at any time, which will be valid for the whole of your lifetime, but may be revoked if you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence, have to pay an immigration penalty, or are found to have given incorrect or misleading information in your application.  Licences will also lapse automatically if your right to work in the UK expires or is revoked.

The application must be submitted with the following items:

  • Two photographs, one of which must be endorsed as a true likeness
  • Original or certified copy of the licensing qualification
  • Original or certified copy of criminal conviction certificate or a criminal record certificate or the results of a subject access search of the police national computer by the National Intelligence Service
  • Completed disclosure of convictions and civil immigration penalties & declaration form
  • The application fee
  • Copies of documents which prove your legal right to work in the UK

We may consult the following bodies about your application:

  • Staffordshire Police, if you have any unspent convictions for relevant or foreign offences
  • The Home Office, if you have been required to pay a civil immigration penalty or if your right to work in the UK is not clear.

Either body may object to your application, and if they do, your application will be decided at a hearing by our Licensing Sub-Committee.

How much does it cost?

Please see our licensing fees page.

Personal Licence guidance

Apply for a Personal Licence

Please complete the application form to apply for a personal licence: