How do you get a pub licence?

Pub Licensing

If you are looking to purchase or run a pub then you will need a personal alcohol licence to become the landlord/licensee. The licensing Act for England, Wales and Scotland changed in August 2005.

There are now two licensing Acts for mainland UK, these are the licensing Act 2003 for England & Wales and the Licensing Act (Scotland) 2005. Both of these licensing Acts are very similar and both have a framework based around the licensing objectives.

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Licensing Objectives

England & Wales has four licensing objectives and Scotland has an additional one. These objectives are as follows;

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The protection of children from harm
  • The prevention of public nuisance

Scotland also has the following objective in its Licensing Act.

  • Protecting and improving public health

Licensing Authorities and Boards

Alcohol licensing is administered in England, Wales and Scotland by departments in local Council's. In England & Wales these are known as Licensing Authorities and in Scotland, they are called Licensing Boards. Council's now grant personal alcohol licences, premises licences and temporary alcohol licences.

Personal alcohol licences are generally granted to an individual by the Council where the applicant would normally reside.

Training and Qualifications

To become the landlord/licensee of a public house an individual will need to undertake a one-day training course on the relevant licensing Act. At the end of the training day, candidates need to sit and pass an examination to demonstrate they have a knowledge and understanding of the relevant licensing law. The examination paper consists of 40 questions and has a pass mark is 70%.

The two licensing qualifications are as follows;

  • Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) level 2 for England & Wales.
  • Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) level 6 for Scotland.

Personal Licence

Once candidates have passed their exam they are then ready to apply to the local Council for their personal licence. Applications are made to the Licensing Authority or Licensing Board in Scotland, however, you will need to provide evidence that they have no relevant criminal convictions under the Licensing Acts.

Criminal Convictions

In England and Wales, applicants need to submit a basic DBS certificate together with their application. In Scotland, criminal checks are carried out by the Police, once an application has been received by the Licensing Board.

Right to work in the UK

You will also need to provide evidence that you legally have the right to live and work in the UK when applying for your personal licence. This is normally done by providing a copy of your UK Passport or immigration documents from the Home Office.

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We offer all of our clients a Full Licence option or a Certificate Only option, so they can choose how they wish to apply for their personal licence. We only use professional quality training venues with industry leading and approved trainers. We offer around 80 venues nationwide for you to undertake your licensing law training day.

 

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How do you get a pub licence?

How do you get a pub licence

Everything you need to know about gaining an alcohol licence for a Licensee, Publican or Landlord is explained in detail on this page.

Pub Licensing

If you are looking to purchase or run a pub then you will need a personal alcohol licence to become the landlord/licensee. The licensing Act for England, Wales and Scotland changed in August 2005.

There are now two licensing Acts for mainland UK, these are the licensing Act 2003 for England & Wales and the Licensing Act (Scotland) 2005. Both of these licensing Acts are very similar and both have a framework based around the licensing objectives.

Licensing Objectives 

England & Wales has four licensing objectives and Scotland has an additional one. These objectives are as follows;

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The protection of children from harm
  • The prevention of public nuisance

Scotland also has the following objective in its Licensing Act.

  • Protecting and improving public health

Licensing Authorities and Boards

Alcohol licensing is administered in England, Wales and Scotland by departments in local Council's. In England & Wales these are known as Licensing Authorities and in Scotland, they are called Licensing Boards. Council's now grant personal alcohol licences, premises licences and temporary alcohol licences.

Personal alcohol licences are generally granted to an individual by the Council where the applicant would normally reside.

Training and Qualifications

To become the landlord/licensee of a public house an individual will need to undertake a one-day training course on the relevant licensing Act. At the end of the training day, candidates need to sit and pass an examination to demonstrate they have a knowledge and understanding of the relevant licensing law. The examination paper consists of 40 multiple choice questions and has a pass mark is 70%. Certification is awarded by BIIAB. Examples of mock examination papers can be found on our resources page.

 

The two licensing qualifications are as follows;

  • Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) level 2 for England & Wales.
  • Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH) level 6 for Scotland.

Personal Licence

Once candidates have passed their exam they are then ready to apply to the local Council for their personal licence. Applications are made to the Licensing Authority or Licensing Board in Scotland, however, you will need to provide evidence that they have no relevant criminal convictions under the Licensing Acts.

Criminal Convictions

In England and Wales, applicants need to submit a basic DBS certificate together with their application. In Scotland, criminal checks are carried out by the Police, once an application has been received by the Licensing Board.

Right to work in the UK

You will also need to provide evidence that you legally have the right to live and work in the UK when applying for your personal licence.

This is normally done by providing a copy of your UK Passport or immigration documents from the Home Office.

Find out more

We offer all of our clients a Full Licence option or a Certificate Only option, so they can choose how they wish to apply for their personal licence. We only use professional quality training venues with industry leading and approved trainers. We offer around 80 venues nationwide for you to undertake your licensing law training day.

 

Please select your area

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