A personal licence allows the holder to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol from premises with a premises licence.
A personal licence lasts for 10 years but you must tell the council of any change of address or relevant convictions during the course of your licence.
To apply for a personal licence, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or over
- Not have been convicted of a relevant offence and
- Have completed one of the courses accredited by the Secretary of State
You must also send the result of a criminal record basic disclosure or subject access check.
How do I apply for a personal licence?
To make application for a Personal Licence, you must:
1. Complete the application form and declaration of convictions form
2. Enclose your personal licensing qualification
3. Enclose either:
- a criminal conviction certificate issued under s112 of the Police Act 1997 or,
- a criminal record certificate issued under s113A of the Police Act 1997 or,
- the results of a subject access search under the Data Protection Act 1998 of the Police National Computer by the National Identification Service
Please note - the search certificate is only valid for one calendar month from the date of issue.
4. Enclose the completed disclosure of criminal convictions and declaration.
5. Enclose two photographs which shall be;
- Taken against a light background
- 45mm by 35mm
- full face uncovered and without sunglasses and without headcovering (unless worn due to religious beliefs)
- on photographic paper and
- one of which is endorsed as a true likeness by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification (this can be done on a separate sheet where photographs are submitted by email or CD rom)
- You can email your photographs to the Licensing Section, or put them on a CD rom and include the CD rom with your application
6. Enclose the fee of £37. Cheques should be made payable to South Tyneside Council
Accredited Personal Licence Qualifications
The Home Secretary has accredited the following personal licence qualifications under the Licensing Act 2003, commencing on 1 April 2011:
BIIAB (QCF Recognition number RN5118)
Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders Qualification accreditation number 501/1494/3
Telephone: 01276 684 449
BIIAB, Wessex House, 80 Park
Address: BIIAB, Wessex House, 80 Park Street, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3PT
EDI (QCF Recognition number RN5134)
Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Qualification accreditation Holders Qualification accreditation number 500/9146/3
Telephone: 0247 651 6500
Qualifications and processing
Address: Qualifications and processing centre, International House, Siskin Parkway East, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry, CV3 4PE
HABC (QCF Recognition number RN5219)
Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders Qualification accreditation number 500/9974/7
Website: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance
Telephone: 0845 226 0350
Address: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Ltd, Highfield House, Sidings Court, Lakeside, Doncaster, DN4 5NL.
NCFE (QCF Recognition number RN5156)
Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
Qualification accreditation number 600/1323/0
Telephone: 0191 239 8000
Address: Citygate, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JE
SQA (QCF Recognition number RN5167)
Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders
Qualification accreditation number 600/1269/9
Telephone 0845 279 1000
Address: The Optima Building, 58 Robertson Street, Glasgow, G2 8DQ
Criminal record checks
At present there are only two types of criminal record checks that can be obtained by applicants for new personal licences. These are;
- Basic Disclosure, issued under the Police Act 1997 - this is currently only available via Disclosure Scotland
- Subject Access Search, under the Data Protection Act, of the Police National Computer - available from the National Identification Service
Contact details for these organisations are as follows:
National Identification Service, Subject Access Office, Room 350, New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London, SW1H 0BG
Phone: 020 7230 2958
Fax: 020 7230 2688
Website: Metropolitan Police
Please note - the certificate or search results shall be issued no earlier than one calendar month before the application is submitted to the licensing authority.
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