Apply for a personal alcohol licence

You need to get a personal alcohol licence if you:

You can only apply if you have not forfeited a personal licence in the last 5 years.

How to apply

You must be 18 or over to apply and pay the statutory £37 fee.

Your application must include:

We'll issue your licence within a month of receiving your application. Your licence will not expire unless it is cancelled or revoked.


As part of your application, you must declare any unspent convictions for a relevant offence or foreign offence as set out in Licensing Act 2003.

If you apply with a current conviction, we must notify the police of your application. The police can submit their objection on crime and prevention grounds. If this happens, the licensing panel will hold a hearing to decide if we grant the licence.

If you're charged with a relevant offence after receiving your licence, you must:

Failure to do either of these is an offence subject to a level 2 penalty of £500.

Failed applications

Applicants and other parties may appeal a decision of the licensing committee.

Appeals must be lodged within 21 days of the date the applicant was informed of the committee’s decision at the local Magistrates Court.

Help with your application

If you need help making your application, contact the alcohol and entertainment licensing team.