A Personal Licence is issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to individuals who have obtained a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder (SCPLH) qualification. The Scottish certificate for licensed premises staff, issued by local councils, allows holders to legally authorise the sale of alcohol in Scotland.
Do I need a Scottish Personal Licence?
A Personal Licence is required by anyone who intends to be named as the designated premises manager of a premises licence issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. You or a member of your staff must hold a personal licence if you sell alcohol from licensed premises in Scotland.
To qualify for a licence, you must:
be 18 years or older
hold a licensing qualification
not already hold a personal licence
not have had a personal licence revoked in the past 5 years
Please Note - Applications may be refused if you have a criminal conviction for a ‘relevant offence’ or if you have held a personal licence which expired or have surrendered a personal licence within 3 years of your application.
To apply for a personal licence in Scotland you will need a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) qualification.
The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) is the necessary training qualification that must be completed prior to applying for your licence in Scotland.
In line with the Licencing Scotland Act (2005), all Personal Licence Holders in Scotland must refresh their training qualification after 5 years.
A Personal Licence allows an individual to supervise, or authorise, the sale of alcohol. It is a mandatory condition of a Premises Licence that there should be a Premises Manager, and that they should have a valid Personal Licence.
Depending on your circumstances you can apply for one of two types of application. If you do not currently hold a Personal Licence with this Council you can apply for the following:
New – If you do not currently hold a Personal Licence with a Scottish Licensing Board you can apply for a new Licence. You will not be licensed until the licence is granted.
Renewal – If you currently hold a Personal Licence issued by the City of Glasgow Licensing Board you can apply to renewal the Licence before it expires.
The application fee is set by legislation with the current fee for a licence being £50.
There is no legal timescale for processing this type of application with each council having their own time frame to process applications. Expect to wait at least 2 to 3 months to receive your licence.
You will receive a letter advising that your application has been granted. This letter will include your licence.
You will receive a letter advising that your application has been refused. You have the right to appeal the decision.
The fact that you have certain convictions does not prevent you applying nor does it guarantee that you will be refused. Every application is considered on its own merit.
You can apply at any time for a new Personal Licence if your previous licence was revoked under section 87(3) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 because you failed to undertake the required refresher training within the prescribed period. If your licence was revoked for any other reason, you must wait a minimum period of 5 years before reapplying for a Personal Licence.
A ‘relevant offence’ includes violent or sexual offences, firearms offences, drugs offences, aiding and abetting, inciting, counselling or procuring any relevant offence or any other offence which resulted in imprisonment.
Once granted, your personal licence will be valid for 10 years. However, the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires all personal licence holders to undertake refresher training within 5 years of the issue of their licence.