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Personal Licences

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We need to be notified if you change your name or address or the licence is no longer valid. 

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If you have changed your name or address, you will need to complete the application form and pay the appropriate fee.

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:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • have not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offences (relevant offences can be found under schedule 4 of the Licensing Act 2003)
  • have not forfeited a personal licence within a period of five years before making an application and hold an accredited licensing qualification

'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:

  • Serious crime
  • Serious dishonesty
  • Involving controlled drugs
  • Certain sexual offences
  • Offences created by the act.

Personal licence applications should contain the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • A completed disclosure of convictions and civil immigration penalties and declaration.
  • Two passport-sized photographs, one of which should be endorsed on the back by one of the following: solicitor notary, teacher, lecturer or any other professional person to a true likeness.
  • The fee of £37, which you can pay via cheque (to St Helens Council) or card payment.
  • A basic disclosure conviction form. This should be dated no longer than one calendar month before the application; please visit the Gov.uk site to obtain a basic disclosure.
  • Accredited licensing qualification certificate.
  • Documents which demonstrate entitlement to work in the UK.

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.

If you would like to change the name or address on your personal licence, you will need to complete an application form and return it to us either by post or by email.

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:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Your personal licence number
  • The date your personal licence was issued
  • If you are the DPS of a premises
  • Details of your conviction 

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:

  • Your full name
  • Your address
  • Personal licence number (if known)
  • Date of birth

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.