Personal licence

A personal licence authorises a specified person to supply alcohol or allow the supply of alcohol at a premises which has a valid premises licence.

Personal licences are needed to supervise the sale of alcohol in any licensed premises, including pubs, off licences, restaurants and hotels. ‘Licensed premises’ include any premises allowed to sell alcohol under a premises licence. You don’t need a personal licence to sell alcohol under a temporary events notice.

Personal licences are not tied to specific venues. This means that a personal licence holder can authorise the sale of alcohol in any licensed venue in England and Wales.

How do I apply for this licence?

You must apply to the licensing authority for the area where you live, not the licensing authority in the area where you work.

Before you can apply for a new personal licence, you must attend a course to achieve the recognised licensing qualification . This is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law, and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sale of alcohol.

Download an application form from gov.uk. Return your completed application form to us, along with: 

Post your application form, supporting documents and application fee to: Licensing Section, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 9AZ.

You cannot apply online because this application requires you to submit original documents.

If you already have a personal licence and your circumstances change (e.g. change of name or address, criminal convictions), you must let us know in writing. You will be charged £10.50 to change your personal details.

How long is the licence valid for?

Personal Licences, once granted, do not expire, unless revoked.

How much does it cost?

It costs £37 to apply for a personal licence.

How do I pay

Payment can be made by card over the phone or in person (by appointment) at our Caledfryn offices. Payment by cheque or cash is only available at one of Denbighshire’s One Stop Shops in Denbighshire. Please contact us for the appropriate reference number before attempting to pay. Failing to provide the appropriate reference number may delay your application

More information

We recommend you read through our Statement of Licensing policy