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Personal Licence


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Personal Licence

You will need to apply to Fife Licensing Board for a Personal Licence if you wish to:

  • authorise the sale of alcohol in licensed premises
  • supervise the sale of alcohol in licensed premises
  • be a nominated premises manager

You must:

  • hold a recognised, accredited, training certificate for Personal Licenceholders in Scotland.
  • be aged 18 or over
  • be resident in Fife

A personal licence lasts for 10 years from the granted date.

A personal licenceholder must undergo refresher training every 5 years from the date of grant of their licence and send the training certificate to Fife Licensing Board within the relevant timescales or the licence will be revoked.

You can use the form below to notify us that you have completed your refresher course:

Personal Licence Refresher Training

A personal licenceholder must apply to renew their personal licence every 10 years and LODGE THE RENEWAL APPLICATION NO LATER THAN 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE EXPIRY DATE OF THE LICENCE or the licence will expire on the expiry date and so cease to have effect.

Please see the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page for further information.

The following Bodies will be able to provide details of training organisations who deliver the necessary training.

  • SQA (
  • BIIAB (

Click here for a summary of the regulation relating to this licence

How to Apply

To apply or renew a Personal Licence, download the application below:

Application for a First/Renewal Personal Licence

The cost of a Personal Licence is £50.

Applications must be on the prescribed form and be accompanied by:

  • a copy of the relevant accredited qualification
  • 2 signed photographs
  • photographic ID in the form of a driving licence; passport or cards bearing the PASS hologram
  • the application fee of £50

All applications should be submitted directly to:

  • the Licensing Team, 2nd Floor South, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5LT.

**For a First/New Application, the only evidence acceptable is the qualification first introduced as of 1 August 2013 and known as The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder**

Fife Licensing Board will send a copy of the application to

  • the Chief Constable of Police Scotland and
  • the Licensing Standards Officer as part of their consideration.

The Chief Constable can serve a notice stating whether you have, or have not, any convictions for relevant offences or foreign offences.  If there are no convictions or no information received in relation to the applicant that the Chief Constable or the Licensing Standards Officer considers to be relevant to the consideration of the application, then the Board must grant the application.

If there are convictions, then the Chief Constable may recommend that the application is refused.

Consideration of the application will be at a hearing.

Tacit consent will not apply as it is in the public interest that the Licensing Board must process your application.

Failed Application & Appeal

Appeals against the refusal of an application must be made to the Sheriff of the Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife.

Appeals can only be made under one of the following grounds:

  • the Licensing Board erred in law
  • the decision was made on incorrect material facts
  • the Licensing Board acted contrary to natural justice
  • the Licensing Board used their discretion in an unreasonable manner

Consumer Complaint

If anyone wishes to complain about a Personal Licence holder, normally the first contact is made with the Liquor Licensing Team, the Licensing Standards Officer, or Police Scotland.

Additional Information for Liquor Personal Licence Holders

Important – if your personal licence was issued on or before 1 September 2009 this applies to you and you need to act now

Key dates

·         31 August 2018 – Personal Licence Holders can apply to renew their personal licence.

·         31 May 2019 – absolute deadline for submitting your personal licence renewal application, but if you leave it this late you risk losing your licence.

·         1 September 2019 – expiry date for personal licences granted up to 1 September 2009.

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

·         They must 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.

See FAQs Below:

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