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Personal alcohol licence

A personal licence allows an individual to authorise the sale of alcohol. All premises selling alcohol will need one or more personal licence holders, one of whom will be named on the premises licence as the Designated Premises Supervisor.

Applying for a new personal licence

For a new personal licence, you will need to submit the following:

The duration of personal licences was made indefinite with effect from 1 April 2015. Any personal licence issued before this date will show an expiry date, while personal licences issued after this date will not have an expiry date shown on the licence.

If this expiry date shown on the licence is before 1 April 2015 the personal licence has lapsed and you will need to apply for a new licence. If it shows an expiry date on or after 1 April 2015 then the expiry date no longer applies.  If you wish to update your licence to remove the expiry date, you will need to follow the same process for amending your licence as set out below.

How to pay

  • Pay with a debit/credit card over the phone once you have sent your documentation to us. Telephone: 01483 505050.

  • Pay with a debit/credit card at our main reception, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.

  • Pay by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to: Guildford Borough Council.

      Amending a personal licence

      If you need to amend your personal licence (for example, if you change your name or address) you need to:

      • Write to the licensing team giving your name, licence number, your new address and contact telephone numbers.

      • Pay the statutory fee of £10.50

      • Return your paper licence and photo ID card with a new passport photograph.

        Lost licence or ID card

        If you lose either your paper licence or the photo ID card you need to:

        • Write to the licensing team saying that you have lost your licence and which part you have lost.

        • Give your name, licence number, your address and contact telephone numbers.

        • Pay the statutory fee of £10.50

        • If you need a new photo ID card then you will need to supply a new passport photograph.