Premises that sell alcohol under the provision of a Premises Licence must have a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). This person is in day to day control of the premises, particularly with regard to the sale of alcohol. This person must hold a Personal Licence.

Private Members clubs where alcohol is supplied to their members and bona fide guests under the provision of a Club Premises Certificate, do NOT need a DPS and none of the staff are required to hold a Personal Licence.

The application form to obtain a Personal Licence is available below:

Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

To apply for a Personal Licence you will need to obtain a Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH). This can be obtained though a few accredited organisations one of which is the BIIAB. St Albans Council is an authorised centre for running this course. The course dates for 2020 are as follows:   

20 February 2020

23 April 2020

26 June 2020

14 August 2020

16 October 2020

11 December 2020


The cost for attending the course is £150.00. To book a place please complete and return the form below at least 1 week before the actual course. Following acceptance on the course you will be sent a handbook that we recommend you read before attending.

More information on the course can be seen on the BIIABs website and alternative accredited organisations can be seen on the website:

You will also need to obtain a basic criminal records disclosure (even if you don’t have a criminal record). This can be obtain from Disclosure Scotland website. This report, once received, is only valid for the purposes of the Personal Licence application, for 28 days.

What happens at a hearing?

If a valid representation has been received regarding an application the matter is brought before the licensing sub-committee to determine. The below document gives the procedure at the hearing.

It is the intention of the hearing to give all parties an opportunity to speak about the application so that a fair decision can be made. After the hearing all parties are sent a written determination. This will detail the decision that was made and how the decision may be appealed at the magistrates court.

My Personal Licence is due to expire

The requirement to renew a personal licence was removed from the Licensing Act 2003 by the Deregulation Act 2015. While personal licences issued before the 2015 Act have expiry dates, these licences will remain valid and such dates no longer have an effect.

If your licence expires on or after 1st April 2015 you do not need to reapply as the licence expiry date no longer applies.
If your licence expires before 1st April 2015 you should have applied for a renewal, if you haven’t applied to renew your licence, that licence has expired and you need to apply for a new licence.
Date of last review: 30 January 2019