Personal licence - Personal alcohol licence application
You must have a personal licence, or be authorised by a personal licence holder, in order to sell or supply alcohol. This is in addition to a premises licence.
Please note: From 12 April 2017 you can only apply online for a Personal Licence. If you require an electronic copy of the form please contact us. When you click on the link below you will be directed to the Council Direct website.
If the correct documentation is submitted we will endeavour to issue the licence within 4 weeks.
- Apply online – You will be required to ‘Register’ first then click ‘Licensing Act 2003 – Alcohol and Entertainment’ and the application type to get started.
Please ensure that you have the following documents to hand to upload when you submit your application:
- Two photographs of yourself, one of which is endorsed as a true likeness by a solicitor or notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification
- A licensing qualification or proof that you are a person of prescribed description
- A 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 (No more than 1 month old)
- A proof of your right to work in the United Kingdom.
The Home Office website has more information on the Licensing Act 2003 .
The Act requires that any sale or supply of alcohol under a premises licence must be made or authorised by a personal licence holder..
Only applicants that are resident in the borough of Brent can make a personal licence application to Brent Council.
The requirement for a personal licence is controlled under Part 6 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Two current passport sized photographs must be attached with your application. They must be taken against a light background, with the full face uncovered and without sunglasses or head covering unless due to religious beliefs. One of the photographs must be endorsed with a statement verifying the likeness to the applicant, by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification.
There are a range of accredited courses designed to support the licensing objectives for personal licences. View more information on these courses. Copies of relevant qualifications must be attached with the application.
The results of a 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 must be obtained prior to submitting your application and must not be more than one calendar month old, when submitting your application.
Disclosure of convictions and declaration
Relevant offences are the offences listed in Schedule 4 to the Licensing Act 2003. A foreign offence is an offence (other than a relevant offence) under the law of any place outside England and Wales, including other parts of the United Kingdom, such as Scotland.
You do not need to provide details of convictions for relevant or foreign offences which are spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
If you are convicted of any relevant or foreign offence during the period between when your application is made and when your application is determined or withdrawn, you must notify the authority to which your application was made.
Failure to do so without reasonable excuse could lead to prosecution and a fine.
Lost/stolen/copy licence or change your details
Renewing your licence
You no longer need to renew your personal licence, they will carry on indefinitely until such time that they are either surrendered or revoked. You can still use your existing personal licence, even though it appears to have expired as the expiry date no longer applies.
Can I get my licence updated to remove the expiry date?
Yes. All newly issued personal licences will have the expiry date removed, and this will be done automatically the next time you apply to update your licence; for example if you change name or address. However, if you wish to have your licence updated early, you can apply for a newly issued “copy” of your licence.
Do I need to change my photo?
There is currently no requirement to update your photo. However you may run into difficulties if you no longer resemble the photo printed upon your personal licence. Therefore we strongly recommend that you get your photo updated at least every 10 years (in line with the requirements of driving licences and passports). As with any change to a personal licence, this will incur a £10.50 administration fee. You need only pay a single fee if making multiple changes at the same time.
Things to read
- Information for applicants
- Licence fees
- Licensing registers and consultations
- Pool of Model Conditions
- Licensing glossary
- Guidance - Entitlement to Work
- Guidance - Personal Licence Qualifications
- Guidance - Relevant or Foreign Offences
- National Fraud Initiative
- Get a licence
- Licence fees
- Planning and building control
- Advice for food businesses
- Business events and networking opportunities