Licensing Personal Licence
You are not required to have a personal licence to be employed in a pub or other business that sells alcohol.
Premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a designated premises supervisor, who holds a personal licence. The single exception is a community premises that has successfully applied to disapply the DPS requirement under section 41D of the Licensing Act 2003.
Anyone who does not hold a personal licence must be authorised to sell alcohol by a personal licence holder. There is no such requirement for the supply of alcohol in a members’ club.
Personal licences allow you to sell alcohol on behalf of any business that has a premises licence or a club premises certificate.
Any of the following may apply for a personal licence:
- anyone who is aged 18 or over;
- holds a licensing qualification accredited by the Secretary of State (or which is certified as if it is such a qualification or is considered equivalent) or is a person as prescribed by the Secretary of State by regulations;
- has not had a personal licence forfeited in the last 5 years;
- has not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence.
Applications must be submitted on the prescribed form with the Disclosure of convictions declaration and be accompanied by the following:
- the prescribed fee of £37;
- a Criminal Conviction Certificate or Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Criminal Records Certificate (please note that criminal record/conviction certificates must be no more than 1 month old upon the date that the application is received by the authority);
- two passport sized photographs, one of which is endorsed as a true likeness of you by a solicitor or notary, a person of standing in the community or any individual with a professional qualification (the photo must meet the same specifications as Passports, Photocard Driving Licences or Identity Cards);
- your original licensing qualification certificate you hold (from an accredited training provider) or proof that you are a person of prescribed description.
Licensing authorities are required to notify the police when an applicant is found to have an unspent conviction for a relevant offence defined in the 2003 Act or for a foreign offence.
Where an applicant has an unspent conviction for a relevant or foreign offence, and the police object to the application on crime prevention grounds, the applicant is entitled to a hearing before the licensing authority. If the police do not issue an objection notice and the application otherwise meets the requirements of the 2003 Act, the licensing authority must grant it.
If an application is refused, the applicant will be entitled to appeal against the decision they make. Similarly, if the application is granted despite a police objection notice, the chief officer of police is entitled to appeal against the licensing authority’s determination.
The Birmingham City Council Application Forms are attached at the bottom of this page.
Once you have completed the application form it can be submitted to the Licensing Section by a variety of means:
By Post - Send completed applications to the address as indicated on our contact us page. Postal applications must be accompanied by a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee (see - Fees & Charges Schedule) and made payable to 'Birmingham City Council'.
In Person - applications can be submitted in person at the address and during the times shown on our contact us page.
The fee for each personal application is £37.
Our target for dealing with applications is determined by the statutory timescales as indicated in the regulations.
Detailed information including the licensing regulations, application forms, fees etc. is available on the Home Office website.
The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal licences) Regulations 2005
The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2012
The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
You can browse the Licensing Act 2003 Public Register which will enable you to view and conduct searches on all Personal Licences ISSUED by this authority including PENDING applications.
Contact the General Licensing Team - see contact us page.