When you need to get a licence

You need to get a personal alcohol licence if you:

  • want to sell alcohol at a premises that holds a premises licence
  • want to get more than five temporary event notices in a year
  • are a designated premises supervisor at a premises that holds a premises licence.

You don't need to get a personal licence for every person at an establishment that supplies alcohol, but you must make sure that a personal licence holder authorises every sale of alcohol.

You should have a written list of people who have been authorised to sell alcohol on behalf of the personal licence holder. This list should be made available for inspection by licensing or police officers at the premises.

Once you get a licence, it's valid for as long as the business exists, and you have to pay an annual continuation fee.

Apply for a licence

Please note - You must apply to the licensing authority of the district or borough in which you live, not where you work. If you live outside Royal Greenwich, apply to your local authority.

Before you apply, you need to:

Download a personal licence application pack

You also need to send the following documents with your completed application form:

Send or take the documents to:

Licensing Team,
Fourth floor, The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6HQ

If you bring the documents, please ask to see a member of the licensing department.

Get a criminal convictions certificate/search

You must enclose one of the following with your application:

  • a criminal conviction certificate issued under Section 112 of the Police Act 1997
  • a criminal record certificate issued under section 113A of the Police Act 1997
  • the results of a subject access search under the Data Protection Act 1998 of the Police National Computer by the National Intelligence Service.

All searches must have been completed less than one month before the date you apply for your personal licence.

The Disclosure Scotland and Metropolitan Police websites offer the convictions certificate and search.

What happens next

We'll usually notify you within 20 working days of the result of your application. If your application is successful, you can either collect the licence from the Woolwich Centre or we can post it to you.

Licence fees

The application fee for a personal alcohol licence is £37.

The administration fee for any changes made to a licence or for a copy of a licence is £10.50.

You can pay by a cheque or postal order made payable to the Royal Borough of Greenwich or by cash.

Renew your licence

You no longer need to renew personal licences. Your personal licence is valid until you surrender it or it's revoked.