Published on July 25th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Pub Personal Licence – What is it?
A pub personal licence, or Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH, SCPLH in Scotland), allows the holder to sell alcohol for consumption on or off any premises covered by a premises licence. The licence is portable and lasts for 10 years, after which it can be renewed for a further 10. To qualify for a personal licence, an applicant must meet certain criteria laid out by the Licensing Act:
- The applicant must be over 18 years old.
- They must not have had a personal licence forfeited within the previous 5 years.
- They must possess an accredited licensing qualification.
- They must not have been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence.
Where the applicant fulfils all these criteria, the licensing authority must grant the application. If any of the first 3 requirements are not met, the application must be rejected. Where an applicant has been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence, the licensing authority must notify the chief officer of police, who may object to the application. In the case of a police objection, the normal procedure would be to reject the application, unless there are exceptional and compelling circumstances which justify granting it. If the police do not object, and the application meets the other requirements of the Licensing Act, the application must be granted.