What is a Scottish Personal Licence?
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.
If you are based in Wales or England you will need to apply for the Personal Licence (APLH)
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.