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You are not required to have a Personal Licence to be employed in a pub or other business that sells alcohol in Hereford, Ross on Wye, Leominster or anywhere in Herefordshire. Premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a designated premises supervisor, who holds a Personal Licence.
Anyone who does not hold a personal licence must be authorised to sell alcohol by a Personal Licence holder.
The requirement to renew Personal Licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003 has been abolished with effect from 1 April 2015. This means that if you have not already applied to renew your Personal Licence and it was due for renewal after the 1 April 2015 you need not do so now as it will no longer have an expiry date. All Personal Licences issued after that date will be issued without an expiry date but as a matter of routine licensing authorities will not be reissuing existing Personal Licences to show no expiry date.
While you no longer need to renew your Personal Licence, you should remember that all Personal Licence holders have a duty to notify the licensing authority that issued their Personal Licence of any changes to their name and address or if they are convicted of any relevant or foreign offences or, are required to pay an immigration penalty.
‘Relevant offence’ refers to the offences listed in the Act that could, on conviction, rule out the grant or renewal of a personal licence to the applicant concerned. The offences include:
- those involving serious crime
- those involving serious dishonesty
- those involving controlled drugs
- certain sexual offences
- offences created by the Licensing Act 2003.
If you are charged with a relevant offence, you must produce your Personal Licence to the court. If that is not practical, you must tell the court that you have a Personal Licence, who the issuing authority is, and why you cannot produce the licence.
Failure to produce, or notify the court about your Personal Licence, without reasonable excuse, is an offence under section 128 of the Act. The sentence on conviction of this offence is a fine of up to £500, and could result in the forfeiture or suspension of the licence.
If you are convicted of any relevant offence, foreign offence, or are required to pay an immigration penalty you must, as soon as reasonably practicable, inform the licensing authority who issued your Personal Licence of this and give them a notice containing details of the nature and date of the conviction and any sentence imposed.
The licensing authority may, in these circumstances, suspend your Personal Licence for a period not exceeding six months or, revoke your licence. Similarly it is an offence to fail to tell the licensing authority that issued the licence of all changes of name and address of the licence holder.
Please be aware that if your licence was issued after the 6 April 2017 it will lapse if you cease to be entitled to work in the UK.