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Personal licences

A Personal Licence, issued under the Licensing Act 2003 (opens new window), is designed to ensure that anybody running or managing a business that sells or supplies alcohol will do so in a professional fashion. Once you receive your Personal Licence, you can act as the designated premises supervisor for any business that sells or supplies alcohol.

Premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a designated premises supervisor, who holds a Personal Licence. 

If you are applying for a Personal Licence, you must obtain an accredited qualification (opens new window) first. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities involved in the sale of alcohol.

Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (opens new window). We may lawfully disclose information within this authority and to other public sector agencies such as the Police, or the Inland Revenue to (a) Prevent or detect fraud or other crime (b) Protect public funds (c) Make sure the information is accurate.

Disclosure and Barring checks

From the 31st January 2018 Basic Disclosures will no longer be processed by Disclosure Scotland for individuals living in England and Wales. 

Individuals living in England and Wales will be able to apply to DBS for a basic check via the new online application route that is available on GOV.UK (opens new window).  Alternatively, an individual can use a 'Responsible Organisation' (RO - a third party registered with DBS - to submit checks on their behalf. List of Responsible Organisations (opens new window).

Basic checks provided by DBS (opens new window)

Application forms and guidance notes

You must apply for a Personal Licence with the issuing Licensing Authority in which you reside. Please see the following application forms and guidance notes in full. A new application must include the following:

  • Personal Licence application form
  • Licensing qualification
  • Criminal conviction certificate (Basic Disclosure) - this must be dated no earlier than one month before giving the application to the licensing authority
  • Disclosure of criminal convictions and declaration form
  • Proof of your right to work in the UK
  • Two photographs, one of which is endorsed
  • Application fee of £37

An application can be submitted by post or emailed to (opens new window). See Contact us.

Accessibility - If you are unable to download any of the application forms/documents on this page or require a paper version please contact us on 0300 456 0107 or email at (opens new window) and we will contact you to assist you with your application.

New application

Application for a personal licence (PDF) [162KB] (opens new window)

Disclosure of convictions and civil immigration penalties declaration (PDF) [164KB] (opens new window)

Certification of photographs (PDF) [37KB] (opens new window)

Guidance notes for a personal licence application

Other application forms

Copy of personal licence (PDF) [174KB] (opens new window)

Change of name and/or address (PDF) [48KB] (opens new window)

Surrender personal licence (PDF) [47KB] (opens new window)  

Right to work in the UK

From 6 April 2017, any applicants applying for a personal licence must submit further documentation to demonstrate entitlement to live and work in the UK.  See the Right to work in the UK guidance. 

Responsibilities as a Personal Licence Holder

Contact us

Applications or queries can be sent to (opens new window) or posted to The Licensing Officer, Wiltshire Council, Public Protection Services and Licensing, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN.

Payments can be taken over the phone by calling 01225 770411.

Further information

Accredited qualification providers: personal licence to sell alcohol (opens new window)

Licensing Act 2003 (opens new window)


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (opens new window)

GOV.UK: Disclosure and Barring Service (opens new window)

BIIAB (opens new window)

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