01332 340 211

Abolition of personal licences: Government consulation

24 March 2014: Government drops proposal to abolish Personal Licences

The Government has today, 24 March 2014, announced the results of the consultation which it launched last year into the abolition of Personal Licences. The consultation ran between September and November.

The Government has confirmed that having reviewed the responses to the consultation there was very little support for its proposal and therefore it does not plan to continue the proposal going forward.

The Government has however confirmed that it will be continuing to implement the measure announced last year to abolish the requirement to renew Personal Licences every ten years. This measure is currently contained within the Deregulation Bill before Parliament.

For further information, contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

23 September 2013: Government Consultation on the Abolition of Personal Licences

The Government recently announced its intention to abolish the requirements for personal licences to be renewed every 10 years. The first personal licences would have needed renewing from 2015.

The Government has now launched a consultation the abolition of personal licences arguing that it may be poorly targeted and ineffective. In place of the personal licensing regime they are proposing the following:

  • An amendment to the mandatory conditions to require all sales to be authorised by the DPS rather than by the personal licence holder as is currently the case.
  • To allow the police to object to a new DPS based on the crime prevention objective in general rather than only in exceptional circumstances.
  • To allow licensing authorities to require a criminal records declaration with each new change of a DPS and to allow those who either are named as the DPS on the premises licence or have accredited training to have up to 50 Temporary Event Notices a year. Those without would be limited to giving only five.

The Government believe that in many places, the sale of alcohol doesn’t cause a problem and that in those circumstances, the requirement to have a personal licence is an unnecessary burden on business.

The idea is to give local authorities more control, for example under the proposed regime, no one operating a pub would have to be trained unless the Local Authority had imposed a condition on the Premise Licence requiring training.

The most obvious upside of this will be that it will be easier for people to assume the position of DPS unless there is a condition imposed on particular premises requiring training or a criminal records declaration to be provided, in which case, the process of appointment could be slowed down.

You can respond to the Government consultation on their website or by post to Alcohol Team, Drugs & Alcohol Unit, Home Office 4, 4th Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1 4PF.

The consultation period ends on 07 November 2013.

For further information, contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

< Back
All News >


Contact us


If you have received a letter from our Debt Recovery team, please refer to the contact details provided in the letter to ensure your enquiry is dealt with promptly by the correct member of our team.

For all other enquiries, please complete the form below.

Derby Head Office:
St. Michael’s Court
St. Michael’s Lane
Tel: 01332 340 211
Fax: 01332 207 601
DX: 729320 Derby 24
SRA number: 509657

54, St. John Street
Tel: 01335 342 208
Fax: 01335 342 010
DX: 26834 Ashbourne
SRA number: 511804

Opening Times:
Our offices are open Monday to
Friday between 08:00 & 18:00

Contact us