Renfrewshire Council

Personal Licences

You need a Personal Licence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 if you wish to be the designated Premises Manager of a licensed premises or if you are training staff to work in a licensed premises.

An application pack can be downloaded from the related content area of the website

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You can apply in person at our Customer Service Centre or post you application to us at the address below, with the appropriate fee and documents enclosed.

You must answer every question on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.
 

What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

The application must be accompanied by:

  • two coloured passport photographs, one of which must be signed by a person of good standing in the community, and
  • a copy of your Personal Licenceholder Certificate issued by a relevant training provider (such as BIIB, City & Guilds, EDI or Servewise)

 

How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content area of the website under liquor application forms and fees.
 

What criteria have to be met to apply for a licence?

Applicants for a personal licence must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be ordinarily resident in the area, and not hold a personal licence in any other Licensing Board area.



How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 are normally determined within 12 - 16 weeks.
 

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the Licensing Board.


What happens if there if an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received, the application must be considered at a meeting of the Licensing Board. You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter will be sent out to you with the citation letter.


How long does the licence last for?

Personal Licences are granted for 10 years. However, you are required to sit certified refresher training within 5 years and submit this to the Licensing Board.

 

What to do if your licence is lost or stolen?

If your Personal Licence has been lost or stolen you are required to report the loss or theft to the Police. The Police will issue you with a crime reference number which you should bring with you to the Customer Service Centre when making your request for a replacement licence. The cost for a replacement licence is available on our application forms and fees page.

If you subsequently find the lost Personal Licence you must surrender the replacement Personal Licence to the Licensing Board who issued the licence. It is an offence if you fail to do so.
 

What to do if you change your name or address?

If you change your name or address you are required to notify the Licensing Board within one month of any name or address change. You are required to notify us in writing and the original Personal Licence must accompany the request or if the licence is not available a written statement of the reasons why the Personal licence cannot be produced. There is no fee for change of name or address.


Renewal of your Personal Licence

You must apply to renew your personal licence every ten years and lodge with renewal application no later than 3 months before the expiry date of the licence.  Failure to adhere to these timescale may result in your personal licence expiring on the expiry date and shall cease to have effect.  If you personal licence expires you will need to submit a brand new licence application. 

The Scottish Government have published on their website the Personal Licence Holder Communications Document and the link can be accessed here.   https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/08/6715

 

 



 

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