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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.

The Licensing Team are able to provide general guidance on a scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a 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Board for a Personal Licence provided you have a licensing qualification and no personal licence previously held has been revoked within the five year period immediately prior to the date of application (unless the revocation was in relation to a failure to undertake training).