The Home Office has stated that the Deregulation Bill which will remove the requirement to renew Personal Licences is to receive royal assent no earlier than spring 2015. This will cause problems for Personal Licence Holders and Licensing Authorities as for a number of Personal Licence Holders, the current renewal process will need to start in December 2014. Because of this, the Government has decided to put measures in place to assist those affected by the delay in the implementation of the Deregulation Bill.
The Home Office has said that those Personal Licence Holders affected will need to submit a short form giving basic information to Licensing Authorities. There is to be no application fee, no requirement to provide photographs and no criminal record checks. How the process is to be validated has not yet been shared but it is understood that there will be an application form and guidance published shortly. Personal Licence Holders should check their records to see whether their Licence will expire during the critical period. Licensing Officers are also likely to be checking their DPS records. In essence, those who’s Licences expire within the critical period will not need to renew their Licence but will need to extend it by following the procedure which is described above.
For further information, please contact Andrew Cochrane.