Woking Borough Council
Civic OfficesGloucester SquareWokingSurreyGU21 6YL
Telephone: 01483 755855
A personal licence permits a specified person to supply alcohol or allow the supply of alcohol at a premises that has a valid premises licence. Personal licences are valid for ten years, and may be used anywhere in England and Wales. You may only hold one personal licence.f
You will need a personal licence:
Submit your application form and Disclosure of convictions and declaration form to the licensing authority (council) where you live, not necessarily the authority where you will be working. You will also need to include:
Two photographs, which need to be:
The fee (cash can only be accepted if applying in person -- do not send cash through the post).
The licensing authority must determine the application within three months.
Once the council is in receipt of your correctly made application, the police have 14 days in which to object on the grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder (e.g. unspent convictions).
If there is an objection, a hearing of the licensing committee (which consists of ten elected local authority members) must then be held within 20 days unless all parties agree that a formal hearing is unnecessary.
You can appeal to the Magistrates´ Court against the council´s decision to refuse a licence, within 21 days of being notified of the council´s decision and the grounds for it.
Once you are a licence holder your must:
You must inform your issuing licensing authority in writing as soon as possible. You must also include the fee for the reissue of your licence.
You must inform your issuing licensing authority in writing as soon as possible if you change your address or name. Include the existing licence (both the card and the paper licence) and the fee.
The Government is aiming to remove the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every 10 years through the Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament. The first personal licences were granted in February 2005. However, the Bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent before the tenth anniversary of the date on which the first personal licences were granted. To ensure that personal licence holders are not disadvantaged by this position, the Government will introduce new arrangements through secondary legislation for those whose licences are due for renewal before the proposal in the Bill comes into force.
If you fall under this category your application for renewal will need to be submitted no earlier than three months before it is due to expire, and no later than one month before it is due to expire.
You will not have to enclose an application fee, photographs, a criminal convictions certificate, criminal record certificate or the results of a subject access search of the Police National Computer. You will have to provide your original licence with your application or state why it is not practicable for you to do so.
The simplified process requires us to then acknowledge receipt of the application and we will then return your original licence to you.
We will alter the application form to renew a licence so that licence holders are required to provide only essential information to the licensing authority. The application form will be available in due course, as soon as the legislation is approved by Parliament.
For further information, please see the Government guidance on the New arrangements for personal licences due for renewal in 2015.