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Personal Licence

A Personal Licence authorises the specified person to supply alcohol or allow the supply of alcohol, but only when used in association with a Premises Licence. A Personal Licence is be portable between premises. The granting of a Personal Licence is not dependent on the holder working in licensed premises at the time the Application is made.

You must apply to the Local Authority where you live (not the one where the premises you work at is situated unless they are the same).

You cannot apply for more than one Personal Licence.

Do I need to renew my personal licence?

The Deregulation Act 2015 came into effect on the 1 April 2015, and abolished the requirement to renew personal licences. Instead personal licences will carry on indefinitely until such time that they are either surrendered or revoked.

Who can apply?

Persons aged 18 or over who:

•               Have not forfeited a Personal Licence in the previous five years

•               Do not have any relevant criminal convictions as specified in Schedule 4 of the Licensing Act

•               Possess an accredited licensing qualification (details of which can be found below) or are a prescribed person*

Personal Licences can be suspended for up to 6 months or revoked

How much does a licence cost?

•               The fee to apply for or renew a personal licence is £37.00.

•               An application is only valid once payment is received by the council.

•               The fee for a replacement personal licence is £10.50

To apply please click the following link and complete our online Application Form


What training do I require?

Under the Licensing Act 2003, all holders of a personal licence must have an accredited qualification. This can be obtained through a number of accredited organisations, one of which is the BIIAB. South Bucks District Council and Chiltern District Council together are pleased to be able to provide this course for local businesses. For more information on courses, please contact the licensing team on 01494 732063.


How do I surrender my personal licence?

You are required to return your licence to the Licensing Office together with the completed personal licence surrender notice which can be found in the downloads section of this page.


How do I Change my Name/Address on my personal licence?

You are required to notify us of a change of details such as a change of address. To do this please use the link below to complete the online form. Once you have completed the online form you will be required to return your existing licence to us along with a new passport photo.

To apply please click the following link and complete our online Application Form