If an applicant meets all of the criteria below, a Licensing Authority must issue a licence. An applicant must:
An applicant should:
This applies to most applicants. The Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) (formerly known as the National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (NCPLH)) must be obtained from an accredited body:
Pro-Leagle was previously an approved BIIAB centre for the APLH examination. We are now a training provider and supply a Level 2 APLH Personal Licence Training for the exam.
This is a pre-February 2005 qualification designated by the Secretary of State as being comparable to an accredited licensing qualification.
This is a qualification obtained in Scotland, Northern Ireland or in the European Economic Area which is equivalent to an accredited or certified qualification. For example, the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH).
You can sell alcohol in England and Wales if you are a "Prescribed Person". Prescribed people are:
Alcohol is often linked to crime and disorder. Because of this, criminal activity by Personal Licence holders is taken very seriously and Personal Licence applications are subject to criminal records checks for relevant or foreign offences.
If a Personal Licence holder is convicted of a relevant or foreign offence, the court or Licensing Authority may revoke their Personal Licence as part of the sentence. The licence is then considered forfeit.
A police caution is not the same as a conviction (i.e. you have not be charged and convicted at Court). You do not need to disclose this as part of your Personal Licence application.
Drink driving is considered a 'relevant offence' under the Licensing Act 2003. This means that you may not be able to obtain a Personal Licence until your conviction is spent.
Generally if a relevant offence does not receive a custodial sentence it will become spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c.53) after 5 years.
Spent offences should not be included on the application form. However, you must ensure that the offence is actually spent before you omit it.
The length of time required for a conviction to become spent depends on the offence committed. However, if you received a custodial sentence of more than 2 1/2 years, the conviction cannot become spent and is permanent.
Concerned about previous contacts with the police or judicial system? Complicated immigration status? We can handle your Personal Licence application for you for:
Got a Personal Licence or identified a Designated Premises Supervisor? Now is the time to apply for your premises licence.