A Personal Licence is a portable licence issued to an individual which allows them to authorise sales of alcohol from premises in Powys that hold a premises licence.
A Personal Licence:
- is granted to an individual;
- has effect indefinitely;
- ceases to have effect if surrendered, suspended or revoked; or if the holder may no longer work lawfully in the UK; and
- can be used anywhere in Powys and England and Wales
Before you can apply for a Personal Licence in Powys, you will first need to complete a qualification known as the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH). I deliver the Highfield one-day Personal Licence Holder’s course. Those who pass the end of course exam receive a certificate. This very certificate will be needed by the applicant to apply for a Personal Licence. You must also be able to prove (with copies of official government-issued documents) that you have the legal right to work in the UK. Please telephone Johnny Walker on 07970 134 730 for advice on how to obtain a Personal Licence.
You will need to provide the following documents:
- two passport photos, one of which has been endorsed (by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or an individual with a professional qualification) with a statement that the photo is a true likeness of the applicant
- The original Highfield certificate issued after passing the accredited training course
- A completed Personal Licence application form
- a completed ‘disclosure of convictions, immigration penalties and declaration’ form
- a criminal record certificate, such as a Basic Disclosure, which was issued within the last month
- copies of documents proving that you have the right to work in the UK).
Payment can be made to your local licensing authority over the telephone, or on line. If you satisfy all the criteria, your Personal Licence, will usually be issued within 10 working days of receiving your application.
If you have any unspent convictions for relevant or foreign offences, or have had to pay a civil immigration penalty, or if your right to work in the UK is unclear, licensing will consult with the police or the Home Office, as applicable. If they object to your application, it will be determined by our Licensing Sub-Committee at a hearing.
When applying for a Personal Licence, you must declare any unspent convictions for relevant offences and foreign offences (any equivalent offences committed outside of England and Wales). You must also declare if you have been required to pay a civil immigration penalty. In the circumstances, licensing will consult the police and/or the Home Office about your application.
People who hold Personal Licences are also required to notify the licensing authority if they are subsequently convicted of any relevant offence or foreign offence, or required to pay an immigration penalty. Personal Licence holders in Powys who are charged with a relevant offence must tell the court that they hold a Personal Licence before the end of their first court appearance. If convicted, the court may decide to order the forfeiture or suspension of the Personal Licence as part of the sentence, and the licensing authority may also review that Personal Licence with a view to revocation or suspension.