Why do I need a personal licence?
You need a personal llicene under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 if you wish to be the designated Premises Manager of
a licensed premises or if you are training staff to work in a licensed premises.
Who can apply for a personal licence?
Any persons at least 18 years old.
What documents do I need to apply for a personal licence?
The application must be accompanied by two passport photographs one which must be signed by a person of
good standing in the community together with a copy of your Personal Licenceholder Certificate issued by a
relevant training provider (ie BIIB, City & Guilds, EDI, Servewise etc). The Personal Licenceholder Certificate
cannot be older than 5 years from the date of issue, if it is, a certified refresher course is required to be carried
How do I apply for a personal licence?
You can apply in person at the Customer Service Centre or post your application to us at the address below, with
the appropriate fee and documents enclosed. You must answer every question on the form. If a question is
irrelevant, mark it as ‘not applicable’
Payment is due at the time of lodging. For application fees please refer to the liquor licensing application fees on
our website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk.
No refund of application fees will be made for applications which are subsequently refused or withdrawn.
Processing the Application
When your application is lodged and the appropriate fee has been paid, a copy of your application will be sent to
Strathclyde Police who have 21 days to respond. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to
the Licensing Board.
If an objection or representation is received in relation to your application the Licensing Board must give notice of
the objection or representation to the applicant and thereafter will be considered at a meeting of the Licensing
Board. You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection or representation will
be sent out to you with the citation letter.
Right of Appeal
If your application is refused you are entitled to ask the Licensing Board within 14 days to give reasons for such
refusal, and you are entitled to appeal to the Sheriff Court within 21 days of the date of the decision on certain
If there is an objection to your application and the application is subsequently granted the objector can also ask
the Licensing Board to give reasons for such grant and is also entitled to appeal to the Sheriff Court.
You may wish to seek independent legal advice in relation to any appeal.
RENFREWSHIRE LICENSING BOARD