March 07, 2023
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Knowing the distinction between a personal licence and a premises licence is crucial for anyone who holds a personal licence. You can sell alcohol if you have a personal licence, but only a business owner can do so if they have a premises licence.
We will go over the distinctions between a personal licence and a premises licence and what each covers in this blog post. The advantages of holding each sort of licence will also be discussed.
An individual is given a personal licence, also known as an alcohol personal licence, that enables them to approve the sale of alcoholic beverages from licenced locations. Alcohol sales are among the activities that can be conducted on premises with a licence.
An individual who owns the property, occupies it, or has been given permission to do so, such as a tenant, is given a premises licence. People over 18 must apply, and the space must be used for commercial purposes. While premises licences are specific to one location, personal licence holders can work in any licenced establishment in England and Wales.
A personal licence is a licence which permits you to sell alcohol on licensed premises. It is renewed once every ten years. It will be revoked if you do something that puts your licence in danger. Each licenced premises must have one personal licence holder.
The benefits of having a Personal Licence are:
A Personal Licence costs £37 and must be paid to your local municipality. When getting your standard DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services) check, you could additionally have to pay additional fees (around £25). Your licence is valid indefinitely.
To learn more about the Personal Licensing Act and the relevant agencies, Visit Gov.UK.
One personal licence holder in charge of selling alcohol must be present in every establishment. There must be a designated premises supervisor if there is only one person. However, more than one person with a personal licence may work at a single location. For instance, it is crucial to consider the benefit of putting assistant managers through the personal licence requirement if the business has many of them. This will make it possible to divide up the responsibility of selling alcohol. Additionally, it will look favourably upon any licence applications or reviews. However, you are not required to engage other personal licence holders other than the appointed premises supervisor.
When requesting a Personal Licence, you must:
Here is further information on how to apply for a personal licence.
Premises where entertainment and other activities, such as the sale of alcohol, take place according to the Licensing Act of 2003 must possess a licence. The premises licence is valid for the existence of the company that provides regulated entertainment and/or alcohol.
Possessing a premises licence has numerous advantages, including:
Licensable activities that fall under the scope of a premises licence are
Depending on the kind of premises and the activities conducted there, a Premises Licence can range in price. For instance, venues for music and dancing will generally cost more than venues for the exclusive sale of alcoholic beverages. The rateable value of the premises also affects the price of a premises licence.
We hope this explanation of the distinctions between a Personal Licence and a Premises Licence, as well as the requirements and fees related to each, has been helpful. Please get in touch with us if you have any more inquiries.
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