Personal licence

A personal licence allows an individual to supervise or authorise the sale of alcohol.

It is a mandatory condition of a premises licence that there should be a premises manager, and that they should have a valid personal licence.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, or over, and must hold a licensing qualification/training certificate from an accredited trainer, such as the SQA Scottish Certificate for Personal License Holders.

No personal licence previously held by the applicant must have been revoked within the period of 5
years ending with the day on which the application was received by the Licensing Board.

You need to to notify the Licensing Board if you have been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence during the time between making the application and the application being determined by the Licensing Board. If you are a personal licence holders you must notify their Licensing Board of any convictions for relevant or foreign offences within one month of the conviction.

Telling us about any changes

If you hold a personal licence you must, no later than one month after any change in the licence holder’s name or address, give the Licensing Board which issues the licence notice of the change. It is an offence not to do so.

Application fee

The fee for a personal licence is £50 and is non-refundable. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to ‘Aberdeenshire Council’. 

The fee must be paid at the same time the application for the licence is lodged with us otherwise we won't be able to progress it.

How to apply

You can apply for the licence to be granted or renewed in paper by completing a personal licence application form (pdf 55 kb).

If you are applying to renew your licence you must also enclose your current personal licence.

Send your completed application to:

Aberdeenshire Council
Legal and Governance
Viewmount
Arduthie Road
Stonehaven
AB39 2DQ

Read our guidance for information (pdf 183kb) on the application process.

We will need you to include two things with your application:

  • 2 photographs of yourself - one of which is endorsed as a true likeness by a person of standing in the community
  • the original certificate showing the appropriate licensing qualification

Application process

Once submitted, the Licensing Board will provide Police Scotland with a notice of the application. Police Scotland must respond stating that, so far as they are aware, the applicant has not been convicted of a relevant or foreign offence, or provide a list of the applicant’s convictions for any such offences. In the event that there are relevant offences, the application must be considered by the Licensing Board.

In all other cases applications can be granted under ‘delegated powers’. This means that the decision to grant the licence is made by a designated officer of the council.

Licence duration

If granted, this licence lasts for 10 years from the date of issue, unless revoked earlier by the Licensing Board. Licences can be renewed.

Please note refresher training must be undertaken every 5 years.

Personal licence refresher training

Personal licence holders must obtain refresher training every 5 years. The required refresher qualification is 'the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (Refresher) at SCQF Level 6'. A copy of this qualification must be presented to the Licensing Board, no later than 3 months after the 5 year period expires.

Failure in obtaining the training and presenting the qualification within specified timeframes will result in the licence being immediately revoked. There will be no exceptions or appeals. 

Revoked licences

If your licence is revoked for any other reason than the refresher's training and you are the premises manager, then you can no longer act as such and you must:

If both these things are not done, the premises:

  • will no longer have a premises manager
  • will be breaking a mandatory licence condition
  • are likely to be closed by the Police

You can however, reapply for a personal licence provided you can evidence that you have passed an appropriate course. 

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