Personal Licence Pubwatch scheme

Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Dean Carr

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How to get a pub licence?

Licence to run a pub

The licensing laws for England & Wales changed in August 2005, when the old 1964 Licensing Act was superseded by the new Licensing Act 2003, which came in to force in 2005. Under this new Licensing Act, you now need to hold a personal licence to sell alcohol from a pub. Obtaining a licence to become a pub landlord is relatively simple. You will need to attend a one day training course on licensing laws for England & Wales. Personal Licence Training Limited specialise in running these courses throughout England, Wales and Scotland. If you are looking to become a landlord in Scotland, you will need to attend a Scottish licensing course- click here for more details.

Pub licence exam

The course will include a multiple choice examination of 40 questions at the end of the training day, based upon the Licensing Act 2003 or the Scottish Licensing Act 2005.  We have added a link on pub exams below, so you will know what to expect. Give it a try!

Under the old 1964 Licensing Act, there where several types of training courses such as:

  • On Licence
  • Off Licence
  • Part 4 (Restaurant Licence)

The Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) Level 2 or the Scottish equivalent (SCPLH) covers all of these key areas and can be used for holding a pub licence where alcohol is sold both on and off the premises, from an off licence, restaurant  or any other establishment where alcohol is sold by retail to a member of the general public. If you are looking to become a pub landlord, you will require a personal licence, allowing you to become the licensee or Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) as it is now known.

Applying for a pub licence?

Most public houses are brewery owned and most pub companies will expect an applicant to hold a personal licence before being considered for one of its pubs. Some pub companies do run in house courses, but these can prove to be expensive! When applying for a licence to run a pub, you will also have to under take a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check to prove you have no relevant offences under both the Licensing Act 2003 and the Scottish Licensing Act 2005. A relevant offence may lead to an objection from the police to your personal licence application.

How much is a pub licence?

The average cost of a licensee’s personal pub licence is around £300. This would include processing the full licence, examination fees, CRB or PNC check and cost of the training course. This licence is then valid for ten years.

A pub will also hold a premises licence in its own right, renewable every twelve months this based on the rateable value of the public house.

Book your pub licence course online

Personal Licence Training Limited can process your full personal alcohol licence for just £295.00- click here to find your local training venue and for course dates. Simply enter your post code and choose from over 120 training venues nationwide.




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About the Author

Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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