Personal licence for alcohol
A personal licence authorises the holder to supply alcohol or allow the supply of alcohol in premises holding a premises licence.
Not everyone who makes a sale of alcohol needs to have a personal licence, but all alcohol sales must be authorised by a personal licence holder.
Are you entitled to this?
To qualify for a personal licence you must fulfil certain criteria. These are set out in the Licensing Act 2003. We must grant the licence if it appears that:
- you are aged 18 or over
- you have not previously held a personal licence which has been forfeited within the period of five years
- before making the application, you possess an accredited licensing qualification, or you are a person of prescribed description
- you have not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence
- you have the right to live and work in the UK
Personal license: £37
Before a personal licence may be issued you must:
- provide two photographs, which must be: taken against a light background 45 millimetres by 35 millimetres full face uncovered and without sunglasses on photographic paper endorsed with a statement verifying the likeness of the applicant by a solicitor, notary, a person of standing in the community or an individual with a professional qualification
- provide proof of a relevant qualification
- provide a Basic Disclosure Certificate dated within the last month
- provide a copies of acceptable documents to demonstrate your right to work in the UK
- pay the relevant fee
Applications should be made to the council in whose area you normally live.
Current personal licence holders are no longer required to apply to renew their licence as part of the Deregulation Act 2014.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the application process.
Ways to pay
To pay by credit or debit card contact us, select the licensing option (option 2) and then the general licensing administration option (option 1). Advise that you'd like to pay for a personal licence for alcohol and entertainment.
We can only accept cheques for this payment, please do not send cash. Make your cheque payable to Durham County Council and send it to the licensing address in our contact us section.
We can accept both cash and cheques in person. If paying by cheque, please make it payable to Durham County Council and hand it in at:
John Street North
What we must do
If it appears there are unspent convictions for any relevant or foreign offences, the licensing authority will give a notice to the chief officer of police for the area. If an applicant declares a civil immigration penalty, the licensing authority will give a notice to the Home Office. If the police or the Home Office make no objections within a 14 day period, the licence must be granted.
Your right to appeal
You have the right of appeal to the local Magistrates Court if an application is refused.