Personal licences

A personal licence is required for induviduals who may be engaged in making and authorising the sale or supply of alcohol.  Not every person retailing alcohol at premises licensed for that purpose will need a personal licence, but every sale or supply of alcohol must be at least authorised by such a licence holder. 

The licence will be issued without an expiry date and remains for the life of the person. The licence remains permanently valid due to the Deregulation Act 2015.

You can view the summary of the legislation Licensing Act 2003.

The revised licensing policy is available to download.

Who can apply

You may apply for a personal licence if:

  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You hold a licensing qualification accredited by the Secretary of State (or which is certified as if it is such a qualification or is considered equivalent) or is a person as prescribed by the Secretary of State by regulations
  • You have not had a personal licence forfeited within the last five years
  • You have not been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence

Supporting documents

Please note you can only apply to L B Bromley for a personal licence if you live within the borough.

You will need a valid Basic Disclosure check (DBS)

Applicants living in England and Wales will be required to apply for their criminal record check through Disclosure and barring service. Any enquiries regarding this should be directed to the Disclosure and Barring Service by email at dbsbasicenquiries@dbs.gsi.gov.uk or telephone on 0300 200 0190

DBS certificates must be no more than 1 month old when we receive your application - if it is older, or if your application is incomplete and your disclosure certificate becomes out of date before we receive a complete application, you will be required to get another one. The original qualification certificate and Basic Disclosure check (DBS) will need to be submitted with your application, photocopies are not acceptable.

You will need to obtain an accredited licensing qualification this typically involves a one-day course with a multiple choice test at the end. We do not run these courses. You can download a list of Personal licence qualification providers

Photographs - you will need to obtain two passport-size photographs of yourself that have been printed on photographic paper (colour photocopies are not acceptable). These photos are used to generate your licence, so you may wish to keep them free of scratches and creases when attaching them.
The back of one of these passport photographs must have a written statement by a person of professional standing who is not a member of your family, stating that it is a true likeness of you.

The person signing the photograph (new applications only) should be asked to complete the endorsement form which forms part of the application form. (Although not a legal requirement) it will assist in the processing of your personal licence application).

Once your application is submitted and paid for, it is automatically sent to the responsible authorities.

Apply

Print, complete and return the personal licence application form along with the following:

  • The original copy of your BIIAB Level 2 certificate
  • The original copy of your Basic Disclosure Certificate (DBS) (Must not be older than 1 month)
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • A copy (not the original) of one of the identification documents demonstrating the right to work in the UK (listed in the notes at the end of the application form).
  • Payment

Once all your documents have been received and processed, we will return your original documents together with a covering letter. Your licence card and paper part will be sent at a later date.

Renewal of personal licences

Due to the introduction of recent legislation (Deregulation Act 2015) you are no longer required to renew your personal licence on its expiry date. You do not need to take any action unless you change your name or address or your card is lost, stolen or damaged.

Change of name or address

Under Section 127 of the Licensing Act 2003, personal licence holders are required to notify their issuing authority if there are changes to either their name or address

Please download and complete the change of address form and return to the address below with the fee of £10.50 along with your plastic licence card and paper part.

For change of name please supply a copy of any supporting documents e.g. marriage certificate.

If you wish you can update your photograph at the same time but there will be an additional charge of £10.50. If you are updating your photograph this will need to be endorsed on the reverse side with a statement verifying the likeness of the photograph to the applicant by a person of professional standing who is not a member of your family.

Lost, stolen or damaged cards

The police no longer issue a crime reference number for the loss or theft of a personal licence.

Please download and complete the personal licence replacement form ensuring that you state on the form where and when the licence was lost or stolen, and return it to the licensing team at the address at the bottom of this page.

If you wish you can update your photograph at the same time but there will be an additional charge of £10.50. If you are updating your photograph this will need to be endorsed on the reverse side with a statement verifying the likeness of the photograph to the applicant by a person of professional standing who is not a member of your family.

Fees

Our current schedule of licensing fees

New application £37.00

The cost for change of details is £10.50

Lost, stolen or damaged cards £10.50.

Please make cheques or postal orders payable to: London Borough of Bromley.

Should you wish to surrender your personal licence at any time, you will need to notify us either in writing or by email you will also need to return your licence.

If you have any questions relating to your application, please contact us. Please send all necessary documentation to the address below.

Privacy statement

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Licensing

Email:

Tel: 020 8313 4218

Public Protection, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH