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A personal licence allows an individual the authority to provide the sale or supply of alcohol.
All establishments with a premises licence that provide the sale of alcohol will require at least one personal licence holder, known as the DPS, where one of their activities is to provide the sale or supply of alcohol.
Once a personal licence is obtained it is valid for life.
We need to be notified if you change your name or address or the licence is no longer valid.
The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is the person who is named on the premises licence (this may not be the applicant). The DPS must be a personal licence holder. The DPS is the individual who is singularly responsible for the operation of the premises and is usually the manager of the establishment.
Who needs a Personal Licence?
Any premises (except certain clubs) that sell or supply alcohol will require at least one personal licence holder. Also, one of the personal licence holders must be named on the premises licence as the Designated Premises Supervisor. Certain club premises, for example church parish clubs, do not require a licence to sell alcohol if they meet certain criteria.
To obtain a personal licence, you must meet the following criteria:
'Relevant offences' refers to a list of offences in the Licensing Act 2003. If you have committed one of these offences, the application, renewal or conversation of a personal licence could be rejected by the conviction rule. The offences can be found within schedule 4 of the Licensing Act 2003. Offences include:
Personal licence applications should contain the following:
You can submit personal licence applications to our address:
Licensing & Land Charges, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1HF
An application would only be given to the police for review if an offence was disclosed on the application form or the disclosure certificate revealed an offence. The police are the only authority that can object to the application; they would do this when they felt that the granting of a licence would undermine the crime prevention objectives that are present in the act.
This would need to be received by our licensing department within 14 days. The applicant would then be presented with the chance to go in front of a licensing committee at a hearing.
We would notify the police if this was a required step in the application process; the applicant would not need to do this.
If there are no objections and the application is fine and meets all the criteria provided above, the application will be processed.
You will also be required to pay a fee of £10.50 in order to make the change and this can be done via a card payment over the phone once we have received your application.
You should also inform us if you need a replacement personal licence card.
Once your application has been processed, a new personal licence will be posted out to you.
If you have been convicted of a relevant offence, as defined under schedule 4 of the Licensing Act 2003, or a foreign offence, you have a responsibility to tell us within a period of 14 days so that we can endorse the paper part of your personal licence.
To report an offence to us, you will need to send a letter to us that includes the following information:
To: Licensing & Land Charges, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF or by email.
If you have lost your personal licence, you will need to send us an email and provide us with the following details in order to request a replacement:
There will also be a £10.50 fee that will need to be paid for the replacement licence and this can be done via a card payment over the phone.