The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015 and as from 1st April 2015 the requirement to renew personal licences has now been abolished. Personal Licences will carry on indefinitely until such times that they are either surrendered or revoked. The expiry date no longer applies and therefore now has no relevance.

New Applicants

A personal licence can be granted to an individual. A personal licence authorises the holder to supply alcohol, or to authorise the supply of alcohol, in accordance with a premises licence. The authority given by a licence issued by this Licensing Authority is not restricted to premises within the area of the Authority.

An applicant will be entitled to the grant of a personal licence if they meet the following criteria:

  • they are aged 18 or over;
  • they possess a licensing qualification accredited by the Secretary of State or are a person of a description prescribed by the Secretary of State;
  • they have not had forfeited a personal licence within 5 years of their application; and 
  • they have not been convicted of a relevant offence or any foreign offence (a conviction for a relevant offence or a foreign offence will be disregarded if it is spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974).
  • they have the legal right to live and work in the UK. When applications are submitted proof of this right will need to be included.

When an applicant has an unspent conviction for a relevant offence, the Licensing Authority will liaise with Northumbria Police. If Northumbria Police object to the applicant becoming licensed, the application will be referred to a Licensing Sub-Committee. At that hearing the Sub-Committee will consider carefully whether the grant of the licence will be in the interests of the crime prevention objective. It will consider the seriousness and relevance of any conviction(s), the period that has elapsed since the offence(s) were committed and any mitigating circumstances, but refusal of the application will be the normal course unless there are, in the opinion of the Sub-Committee, exceptional and compelling circumstances that justify granting the application.

Applicants for personal licences should disclose to the Licensing Authority any previous licences held by them.

How to apply

Application Forms

Advice Notes

Documents which demonstrate the right to work in the UK

Contact Details

For further information or clarification please contact the:

Licensing Authority, Public Safety and Regulation, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for Licensing Authority.



Page last updated: 
23 May 2017
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