When selling alcohol on licensed premises, the sale must be authorised by a personal licence holder. A personal licence allows you to supervise or authorise the sale of alcohol.

All premises which sell alcohol must have a designated premises manager. If you are the Designated Premises Manager of a licensed premises, you must have a Personal Licence. Other staff can hold personal licenses so alcohol sales can be authorised while the premises manager is not there.

You can only have one personal licence at a time and you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have an accredited licensing qualification
  • Not have had a personal licence revoked within the past five years

A personal licence lasts for 10 years and you must attend refresher training every five years.

To get a personal licence you must apply to the Licensing Board in the area where you live - even if you work outside of the Falkirk Council area. You must tell the Licensing Board in the area where you work you hold a personal licence.

You can apply to any Licensing Board if you live outside of Scotland.

Once your licence has been issued, you must tell us if you change your name or address. This must be done no later than a month after the change. It is an offence not to tell us this information.

You will also commit an offence if you do not tell us if you are convicted of a relevant offence.

Personal licenses issued in England or Wales can not be transferred to Scotland. Similarly, personal licences issued in Scotland can not be transferred to England or Wales.

How to apply

The personal licence application forms are available for download:

Application for Removal of Endorsement
Application Form for New Applicants
Change of Address Form
Change of Name Form
Replacement Licence Request Form

You can download the Guidance Notes to help you fill out the forms:

Guidance Notes

Licensing fees and charges 2017/18

You can also get these forms by:

  • Visiting the Licensing Section at District Court Offices, Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk
  • Calling 01324 501575
  • Emailing licensing@falkirk.gov.uk

If you would like further information about personal licences, you can read the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Personal Licence (Scotland) Regulations 2007.