A Personal Licence authorises someone to sell or supply alcohol from a licensed premises in Evesham, Pershore, Worcester and anywhere else in England and Wales. A Personal Licence is not required if only conducting the other licensable activities (regulated entertainment or provision of late night refreshment) in a licensed premises.
Not every person selling alcohol at a licensed premise needs to hold a Personal Licence. Where there is the sale or supply of alcohol, this must be made by or authorised by a Personal Licence holder. The exception to this is where there is a Designated Premises Supervisor for a community premises, church hall or village hall. You must apply for a Personal Licence from the local authority where you live, which may not be where the licensed premises is situated.
Since 2017, a Personal Licence may not be issued to an individual, or an individual in a partnership, which is not a limited liability partnership who is resident in the UK who: does not have the right to live and work in the UK, or is subject to a condition preventing him or her from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.
Personal Licences remain valid unless surrendered, suspended, revoked or forfeited by an order of the court. A personal licence also ceases to have effect if the holder of the licence ceases to be entitled to work in the United Kingdom.
The requirement to renew a Personal Licence was removed from the Licensing Act 2003 by the Deregulation Act 2015 which came into effect on 1 April 2015. Personal Licences issued before 1 April 2015, which have an expiry date will remain valid and such dates will no longer have effect.
Once granted, the licensing authority which issued the Personal Licence remains the ‘relevant licensing authority’, for example Worcester, even though an individual may move out of the area or take up employment elsewhere.
The Licensing Act 2003 places the Personal Licence holder under a duty to notify the licensing authority of changes in their personal circumstances. In the event of a change of name or address, the licence holder should serve notice on the licensing authority (the one that issued the original licence), the notice to be accompanied by the Personal Licence and the fee of £10.50.
The holder of a Personal Licence is also under a duty to notify the licensing authority if he or she is convicted of a relevant offence, foreign offence or immigration penalty. The notification should be accompanied by the Personal Licence. No fee is payable.
Call Johnny Walker 07970 134 730 for free advice on how to obtain a personal Licence in Evesham, Worcester, Pershore or Stratford upon Avon.