Application Process

To get your Personal Licence you must be at least 18 years old and have obtained an ‘accredited qualification’. The Award for Personal  Licence Holders (APLH) is a popular example of the ‘accredited qualification’; we run this course at our Sheffield offices throughout the year.

Once you have obtained your qualification you can apply for your licence as long as you have not forfeited an earlier personal licence in the past 5 years and have the right to work in the UK. Forfeiture means that you have previously held a licence but a Court has revoked the licence as a punishment. Revocation can occur if you are found guilty of certain criminal offences or if you lied in your original application to the Licensing Authority.

As long as you meet these 4 criteria (age, qualification, non-forfeiture and right to work) you can apply for a personal licence regardless of what criminal convictions you may have.

If you have criminal convictions for certain relevant offences and which are unspent the Police can object to your application.  In some cases convictions are considered to be ‘spent’ after a certain period of time, depending on the original sentence you received. The Council will require proof of your criminal record in the form of a Basic Disclosure not more than one calendar month old. The Basic Disclosure is an official copy of your criminal record. 

If you have no criminal convictions to disclose you must be granted a personal licence. If you do have convictions, the Police may object and a hearing before the Licensing Committee will be arranged to decide whether to grant or refuse your licence.

We can help you with every aspect of the application from providing the necessary training course, obtaining the Basic Disclosure and preparing and submitting your application to the Licensing Authority; all you have to do is get in touch.


Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH)

This is an example of an accredited qualification required by anybody seeking a Personal Licence for England & Wales.  All applicants for a personal licence must first obtain an accredited qualification.

Basic Disclosure

An official copy of your criminal record. 

Designated Premises Supervisor

The person who is nominated as the single point of accountability in a premises, licensed to sell alcohol.  To be a Designated Premises supervisor you must be a Personal Licence holder.

Personal Licence

A licence granted pursuant to s.111 of Licensing Act 2003 by a licensing authority to an individual authorising that person to supply alcohol, or authorise the supply of alcohol, in accordance with the terms of a premises licence.