Personal Licences

You will need a Personal Licence if you are planning:

  • to authorise the sale or supply of alcohol in accordance with a premises licence, or
  • you want to become a Designated Premises Supervisor on a Premises Licence, or
  • you need to increase the number of Temporary Event Notices you can apply for.

You can read more about Personal Licences at www.gov.uk (link is external), or by using the relevant document link in the related publications section at the bottom of this page.

Online applications for a Personal Licence

Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to apply for a Personal Licence online, this is due in part to the fact that the required supporting documents must be original and not copies.

Postal application forms

Personal Licence application
Declaration of criminal convictions
Personal Licence - Change of name and/or address form

Completed paper forms should be returned with the statutory fee to:

The Licensing Department, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE

There is no requirement to copy your application to any other responsible authority.

Immigration Act 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 requires any person living in the UK to prove they have a right to work in the UK at the time of applying for a Personal Licence. All applicants are required to provide proof of their right to work as part of the application process. Information on the types of documents that are acceptable can be found on the application forms below. Clear copies of these documents will be sufficient.

Where an applicant has a restricted right to work in the UK, the Personal Licence will expire when the right to work in the UK expires.

What happens next?

It is in the public interest that East Cambridgeshire District Council must process your application before it can be authorised. If you have not received a response to your application within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online or use the contact details below.

Telephone: 01353 665555

Do I need to renew my personal licence?

The law regarding personal licences was changed in 2015. The result of this change was that all new and existing personal licences no longer need to be renewed. If you hold a personal licence with an expiry date you do not need to worry, as all enforcement agencies are aware of this change, and this expiry date will simply be ignored.

If you would prefer to have a personal licence with the expiry date omitted, you can request this from the Council. A fee of £10.50 will be charged, and you must return your old licence with your request.

If I move address or change my name do I need to tell anyone?

If you move address or change your name you must complete the form at the top of this page, pay a fee of £10.50, and return your existing licence. You will always deal with East Cambridgeshire District Council even if you move out of the district.

What should I do if I am charged with a relevant offence under the Licensing Act 2003?

If you are charged with a relevant offence under the Licensing Act 2003 you must notify the Magistrates' Court hearing your case on first appearance that you hold a personal licence. If you are subsequently convicted of the offence you must notify the Licensing Authority giving full details of the conviction.

If the offence occurs during the application period you must notify the Licensing Authority immediately.

The Policing and Crime Act 2017 gives the Licensing Authority the power to suspend a personal licence for up to six months, or revoke the personal licence.

Other redress

Rights of appeal exist for many of the applications and processes covered by the Licensing Act 2003.

More information on this area is contained in the East Cambridgeshire District Council guidance document in the related publications section at the bottom of this page.

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