Apply for a Personal Licence

Personal Licence Holders have a vital job within the licensed trade. They authorise the sale of alcohol in both on and off sales businesses and ensure that each and every sale is legal.

This is a considerable responsibility and, as such, Personal Licence Holders have two important obligations they must:

  • undergo refresher training every 5 years to refresh their knowledge of the licensing regime, and send the training certificate to the relevant Licensing Board; and
  • apply to renew their personal licence every ten years, and lodge the renewal application no later than 3 months before expiry date of the  licence

Individuals can apply for a Personal Licence which allows the individual to train staff, apply for occasional licences and to authorise or supervise the sale of alcohol. All premises must have premises manager named on the licence for the premises who holds a personal licence.

Who can apply for a personal licence?

If you are aged 18 or over and live within West Lothian or outwith Scotland you may apply to the Licensing Board for a Personal Licence provided you have a licensing qualification and no personal licence previously held has been revoked within the five year period immediately prior to the date of application (unless the revocation was in relation to a failure to undertake training).

How do I apply for a licence?

How will my application be dealt with?

If my application is refused can I appeal?

What conditions will apply to my Licence?

How long will my licence last for?

What if I no longer have my original personal licence i.e. it has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed?

Revoked Personal Licences