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What does the law require?

Anyone wishing to sell alcohol requires a Personal Licence.

What do I need to consider?

When selling alcohol on licensed premises, the sale must be authorised generally or specifically by a personal licence holder. The designated premises manager must possess a personal licence. In many premises, other members of staff also attain personal licences so that they can also authorise sales, conduct staff training, and as a matter of general best practice.


Please complete the application form below and submit together with:

Personal Licence Application

  • evidence that the applicant possesses a licensing qualification
  • two photographs of the applicant which must; 
    • measure 45 millimetres by 35 millimetres
    • be on photographic paper;
    • be taken against a light background
    • show the full face of the applicant, without the applicant wearing sunglasses or any head covering (unless the applicant wears such a covering on account of a religious belief) measure 45 millimetres by 35 millimetres;
    • One photograph of the applicant must have on the back of it a statement by a person appearing to the Licensing Board to be a person of standing in the community,  with the words “I certify that this is a true likeness of (name of applicant)”, followed by the full name of the person endorsing the photograph.


The fee is £50 for a first application and £50 fore a renewal.

Renewal of Personal Licence and Training Requirements

The Scottish Government has released a communication which details advice for personal licence holders on how to renew their personal licences. You can access this document here:

Personal licences require to be renewed every 10 years, and the first personal licences which were granted in Sept 2009 will be due for renewal soon.

Here is a summary of advice on how to renew a personal licence:

If the personal licence has an expiry date of on or before the 31 August 2019:-

  • The earliest date you can apply for the renewal of your personal licence is 31 August 2018
  • The latest date you can apply for this renewal is 31 May 2019
  • In order to renew your licence, you must have passed refresher training

It is likely that there is going to be very high demand for training courses, therefore personal licence holders are advised to get themselves booked on a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (refresher) training course as soon as possible.

All personal licence holders will receive further instructions on the renewal of their personal licence via letter, no later than 9 months in advance of the licence expiry date.