Published on November 9th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
How do I get a licence to sell alcohol?
“How do I get a licence to sell alcohol?” is one of the most frequently asked questions we get on this blog! The answer is quite simple: to sell alcohol by retail in England, Wales and Scotland, you will require a personal licence, which is a personal alcohol licence granted to an individual. You also require the premises where the alcohol is sold from to hold a premises licence. A premises must have a valid premises licence if the sale is to be made to the general public (retail sale of alcohol). The premises licence must also have a personal licence holder nominated on to the premises licence as the person responsible for that licensed premises. This person is known as the (DPS) or designated premises supervisor (licensee).
To obtain a personal licence allowing you to sell alcohol or become a (DPS) or designated premises supervisor (licensee), you are required to obtain a licensing qualification. There are currently two licensing qualifications for England, Wales and Scotland, these are as follows:
- Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) Level 2 (England & Wales)
- Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) Level 5 (Scotland)