Applicants for personal licences must apply to the licensing authority with responsibility for the area in which they live. Where a person is not resident in the area of a licensing authority (not in England or Wales) that person may apply to any licensing authority in England or Wales.

To successfully apply for a personal licence the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be aged 18 or older.
  • The applicant, if subject to immigration control, must have permission to work in a licensable activity.
  • The applicant must possess a licensing qualification accredited by the Secretary of State (or one which is certified as if it is such a qualification or is considered equivalent) or be a person as prescribed in the Licensing Act 2003 (personal licences) Regulations 2005.
  • The applicant must not have forfeited a personal licence within five years of their application.
  • The applicant must have paid the appropriate fee to the licensing authority (£37, by cheque payable to Stratford-on-Avon District Council).
  • In a case in which the applicant has an unspent conviction for a relevant offence or a foreign offence, the police have not objected to the grant of the application on crime prevention grounds or the licensing authority has considered their objection but determined that the grant of the application will not undermine the crime prevention objective.

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In order to sell alcohol using a premises licence, a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) must be named on the premises licence. It is the role of the Designated Premises Supervisor to either make or authorise, the sale of alcohol under that licence.

This is because the sale of alcohol can have a particular impact on the wider community, particularly in relation to the crime and disorder licensing objective and therefore carries a significant responsibility. This responsibility is primarily shouldered by the DPS, who must be the holder of a personal licence.

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Last updated on 18/09/2018

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