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Personal licence

​​You are not required to hold a personal licence to be employed in a pub or other business that sells alcohol but a premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a Designated Premises Supervisor, who must hold a Personal Licence.

In order to apply for a Personal Licence, you must be aged 18 years or over, and hold a relevant licensing qualification. 
You must obtain an accredited qualification before applying for a licence.

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 full list of accredited personal licence qualification providers.

View the application form for a personal licence to sell alcohol
View the disclosure of convictions and declaration form​

The fee for a Personal Licence is £37.

You will also need to provide a Basic Disclosure from the DBS.​
The disclosure must be dated within one month at the time of application.

How to apply 

​​​​​​​​The relevant forms and further information can be found here:

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

Cardiff Council,
County Hall,
Atlantic Wharf,
CF10 4UW​

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)​​​​​​​​​​​​

We accept the following methods of payment:

Debit card (by phone only - 00300 123 6696)
Cheque (made payable to ‘Cardiff Council’)

You can also pay via BACS:

​Sort code: 52-21-06
Account number: 20408838​
Address: Natwest, 96 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2GR

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.

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.         

Contact us


Shared Regulatory Services

Tel: 0300 123 6696. Please follow the options for Cardiff Licensing.

Cardiff Council Licensing

Tel: 029 2087 1651

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.​

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