Personal Licences

Every premise selling or supplying alcohol needs a Personal Licence holder

In a premises licenced to sell alcohol, a Personal Licence holder can:

  • sell alcohol
  • supply alcohol
  • authorise the sale or supply of alcohol

Apply for a Personal Licence

You should apply to the Local Authority where you usually live.

You need to provide:

  • two passport photos. This needs to be endorsed by a 'professional person' to confirm it's you
  • your NVQ Level 2 Personal Licence Holder Qualification certificate. View a list of awarding bodies
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Basic Check which is less than 1 month old
    • OR a disclosure from the police National Database that is less than 1 month old
  • a completed Icon for word Personal Licence application form [176.5KB]
  • a completed Icon for word declarations of convictions form [64KB]
  • a fee of £37. This can be paid online, by phone or cheque (payable to Fenland District Council). Please attach your payment authorisation number to your application form. 

Due to recent changes to the application process made by central government, applicants must now provide evidence of their right to work in the UK. As well as giving extra details on the application form(s), applicants must provide extra documentation with their application. We cannot process your application until you have done this. View the Icon for word right to work [106KB] requirements. 

Renewing a licence

You are no longer required to renew your Personal Licence.


If you have any relevant convictions, you must tell the authority that issued your licence.

If you appear in court, you must tell them that you are a Personal Licence holder. You must also tell the Licensing Authority that you are being prosecuted. 

Change of details

Personal Licence holders must keep their details updated. Failure to do so could result in prosecution.

You need to tell your licensing authority about any changes e.g name or address. Your licensing authority is always the one that issued your licence.

Icon for pdf Report a change of details [67.51KB]

The fee for this is £10.50.

Replacement licence

Icon for pdf Request a replacement licence [67.52KB]

The fee for this is £10.50.

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