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Personal licences

A personal licence allows the holder to authorise the sale or supply of alcohol in a venue or property which has a premises licence. Personal licences are not tied to a specific premises meaning holders of such licences can authorise sales of alcohol in any venue which have a premises licence, throughout England and Wales. Personal licence holders can also authorise up to 50 temporary event notices in each calendar year subject to certain restrictions.

A personal licence may not be issued to an individual who is resident in the UK but does not have the right to live and work in the UK. A licence will also not be issued to an individual who is subject to a condition preventing him or her from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.

Any personal licence issued in respect of an application made on or after 6 April 2017 will become invalid if the holder ceases to be entitled to work in the UK. 

New applicants

Before you can apply for a personal licence you must obtain an accredited licensing qualification. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that licence holders are aware of the licensing law and the wider social responsibilities involved in the sale of alcohol. This training is not provided by Gateshead Council and must be sought externally. Further information about the licensing qualifications can be obtained direct from the Home Office website (opens new window).

To apply for a personal licence you will need to complete the following application forms:

You will also require two 'passport' photos, one of which must be endorsed as a true likeness. In addition you need to provide a basic criminal convictions check. The disclosure certificate must be no older than 1 month when submitted with the completed application. Basic checks can be obtained from the Gov.uk website. (opens new window)

The fee for a personal licence is £37.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the right to work in the UK and are not subject to a condition preventing them form doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.

Documents which demonstrate entitlement to work in the UK (Word doc) [92KB] (opens new window)

Please submit your completed application including the forms and accompanying documentation either by post or in person to the address below. Cheques should be made payable to Gateshead Council. 

Change of name

Gateshead Council personal licence holders only.

If you are a personal licence holder and wish to inform us of your change of name, please contact the Licensing Section and provide the following:

  • full name (previous and current)
  • personal licence number
  • date of birth
  • address
  • a copy of your marriage certificate, decree absolute or deed poll documentation

Change of address

Gateshead Council personal licence holders only.

If you are a personal licence holder and wish to inform us of your change of address, please contact the Licensing Section and provide the following:

  • full name
  • personal licence number
  • date of birth
  • previous and new address

Replacement licence

Please contact the Licensing Section and provide with the reason you need a replacement. If you think your licence has been stolen, you should report it to the police.

Payment

Payment for any changes to your personal licence can be made by cheque or payment link. The link will be sent to you once your application has been processed. The fee is £10.50.

 

Please note that the holder of a personal licence must, as soon as reasonably practicable, notify the relevant licensing authority of any change in his name or address. Failing to do so is an offence under the Licensing Act 2003. If you are also a premises licence holder or designated premises supervisor, please be aware you will also have to apply to change the premises licence to reflect any changes. 

 

Contact us

Licensing
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 4741
licensing@gateshead.gov.uk