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Published on November 25th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Should a licensee employ more than one personal licence holder?

Should a licensee employ more than one personal licence holder? According to guidance recommended by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, this is an operational decision for the premises licence holder. Holders of the premises licence may wish to have more than one personal licence holder, in case a new DPS has to be appointed at short notice, and to allow greater flexibility in fulfilling the requirement that every alcohol sale to be made or authorised by a personal licence holder (Licensing Act 2003, 19.3). On a day-to-day basis, proficient numbers of fully trained staff can help avoid unauthorised sales of alcohol from licensed retail premises.

Retailers need to be aware of these kinds of responsibilities under the Licensing Act 2003. This is quite simple! Licencee responsibilities are encapsulated within the four licensing objectives within the premises licence, for instance, the protection of children from harm. This means it is the Licensee or owners duty to ensure this licensing objective is promoted to avoid any under-age sales taking place from licensed premises.  With Christmas approaching fast, retailers need to be aware of the liklihood of increased police and trading standards test purchase operations over the festive season.

The aim of Personal Licence Training is to ensure licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities attached to the sale of alcohol. Some licensees may therefore consider it appropriate to have more than one personal licence holder in order to promote one or more of the four licensing objectives. It should be stressed, however, that a personal licence is not a qualification that is associated with business competency and other forms of training should be considered alongside the personal licence.

Personal Licence Training Limited have launched a short course designed for members of staff which covers the following key areas.

  • Responsibilities & duties of staff
  • Responsibilities to the DPS and owner
  • Understanding the Licensing Objectives
  • Challenge policy
  • Acceptable identification and what to look for
  • Fake identification and how to spot it
  • Age restricted products including alcohol
  • Unauthorised sales
  • Fines under the Licensing Act 2003
  • Police and Trading Standards powers
  • Criminal prosecutions
  • Effects on the premises licence

This type of course is designed to assist retailers in the promotion of the licensing objectives. Additionally, increasing the number of personal licence holders on licensed premises is highly recommended.

For more information on personal licence training courses or responsible alcohol retailing courses, please contact Personal Licence Training Limited on Tel: 01527 544 780


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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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