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Personal Licence

To supervise the sale of alcohol in premises including pubs, off-licences, restaurants, hotels and supermarkets you will need to hold a personal licence.


If you are applying for a personal licence, you must obtain an accredited qualification first. The aim of the qualification is to ensure that licence holders are aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities involved in the sale of alcohol. 

View a list of accredited personal licence qualification providers​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window .

Update on Personal Licence Renewals: 

The Government is aiming to remove the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every 10 years through the Deregulation Bill. However, the Bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent before some Personal Licences are due for renewal. In the interim period a simplified renewal process will be in place, and the Licensing Section will send renewal forms to those affected. For further details download the Home Office Fact Sheet (109kb PDF)Link opens in a new window

How to apply 

Before applying we recommend reading our Personal Licence Application Guidance (53kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window .

Please complete the relevant form(s) and return to us (by post or in person):


Cardiff Council
City Hall
CF10 3ND


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Please note applications should be made to the local authority in which the applicant lives, not to the authority in which the premises is located.

    The fee for a personal licence is £37.


    The fee for a change of address update or replacement licence is £10.50.

    Alcohol and entertainment licence fees and charges (49kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window ​.

    We accept the following methods of payment:

    • Debit card (by phone only - 029 20871651)
    • Cheque (made payable to ‘Cardiff Council’)
    • BACS:
      Sort Code 30-91-63
      Acc No. 01467509
      Address: Lloyds Bank Plc, 1 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AF.

      Please inform us of the reference number and date of payment if you are paying by BACS so that we can locate the payment.

    If you have no convictions, are suitably trained and are over 18 there is no reason why you should not qualify for a personal licence.

    The police have 14 days to object to an application. If the police do not object and the application meets the full criteria the license will be granted.

    A personal licence is valid for 10 years from the date it is granted.


    Once a licence has been issued, you must notify the Authority of any change to your address. It is an offence under the Licensing Act 2003 not to do so. 

    If you would like any help or advice please contact us



    029 2087 1651