Apply for a new personal licence or notify us of changes (Licensing Act 2003)

You must have a personal licence to run or manage a business that sells or supplies alcohol.

A personal licences will allow you to:

  • sell alcohol on behalf of any business that has a premises licence or a club premises certificate
  • act as the designated premises supervisor for any business that sells or supplies alcohol

Premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a designated premises supervisor. 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.

Please see the fees and charges page for further details on application costs.

Apply in writing

To apply in writing, complete the downloadable application form and return it with a completed disclosure of convictions to the address below.

Your application must be submitted with:

  • a cheque or postal order for the appropriate fee, made out to Birmingham City Council
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (no more than 1 month old on the date we receive it);
  • 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);
  • an original copy of the licensing qualification certificate you hold (from an accredited training provider)

Notify us of a change of personal licence holder's address

Please complete the downloadable notification form and return it to the address below.

Lost licence declaration

If you have lost your personal licence, please complete the downloadable declaration form and return it to the address below.