Personal Licence

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A Personal Licence authorises an individual to sell or supply alcohol from a licensed premises. A Personal Licence is not required if only conducting the other licensable activities (regulated entertainment or provision of late night entertainment) in a licensed premises. You can apply online for a Personal Licence.

Not every person retailing alcohol at a licensed premise needs to hold a Personal Licence, but every sale or supply of alcohol must be made by, or authorised by, a Personal Licence holder (with the exception of community premises, church halls and village halls, please see Disapplication of Designated Premises Supervisor for further information). You must apply for a Personal Licence from the Local Authority where you live (which may not be where the licensed premise is).

Application for a Personal Licence

A Personal Licence costs £37.00 and has no expiry date, unless surrendered, suspended or revoked.

You can apply and pay online for this licence by filing in the word document once clicking Apply Now: 

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Alongside your application you will also need to provide:

  • A Disclosure of Convictions and Declaration certificate

    • You must complete a basic Disclosure Online which will confirm any relevant or foreign offences and send the Disclosure certificate to us with your application.
    • The Disclosure certificate must not be issued earlier than one calendar month prior to submitting your application.
    • Applications received where there is a conviction for a relevant or foreign offences will be issued to the Police who are entitled to object.  If no objections are received from the Police the application process can continue.
  • An accredited Personal Licensing Qualification certificate - before applying for a Personal Licence you must hold the relevant qualification to ensure you are aware of the Licensing laws and the social responsibility attached to the sale of alcohol. There are a number of Personal Licence qualification providers accredited by the Secretary of State and details of these can be found by going to the website;

  • Two passport sized photographs, one must be endorsed as a true likeness by a solicitor, notary, lecturer or other professional person;

All documents must be the originals we do not accept photocopies. Please email these to us.

Please note you must be at least 18 years of age to be a Personal Licence holder.

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application for a Personal Licence. To do so may result in prosecution and a fine of up to £5000.

You must notify the Licensing Authority immediately if you are convicted of any offence during the time between making your application and the grant of your Personal Licence.

Application forms submitted incomplete, incorrect, or missing any of the above requirements will be rejected and returned.

Change of name or address for Personal Licence holder

If you are a Personal Licence holder and have had a change of name or address you can now amend your details online and make the payment of £10.50 . You must notify the Licensing Authority as soon as reasonably practicable.

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Renewal of a Personal Licence

Personal licences do not have an expiry date.

Contact Details

Licensing and Enforcement,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432063