If you plan to host a one-off event, a regular event or open and run a pub or restaurant, you will need to apply for a personal licence.
Only one person needs to go through this process, and they will be responsible for any alcohol sold on the premises. Part of this process involves taking a course (which can be done online) and a DBS check, which needs to be completed and evidenced before submitting your licence application.
Basic DBS checks for a personal licence
As part of obtaining a personal licence, you will need to request a Basic DBS check. This will highlight any unspent convictions you may have. It’s important to note that a criminal record will not instantly mean you will be disapproved for your licence. The decision-maker will have to weigh up your convictions against your ability to handle alcohol responsibly.
You are required to declare any ‘relevant offences’ you have been convicted of as part of the application process. Once you have made your declaration, the licensing authority will share your application with a Chief Police Officer, who will carry out a review and make the ultimate decision.
What circumstances require an alcohol licence?
There are various alcohol licences, and the type you request will depend on the nature of the event or premises. Regardless of the type of licence, you are applying for; you will still be subject to a basic DBS check.
Your employees will not need to go through this process, just the person seeking the licence. It will then be their responsibility to ensure that the team handles the sale of alcohol safely.
One Off Events
Occasional licences are required for anyone wishing to serve alcohol at a one-off event. The application will include informing your local council of the event and agreeing to end the event and have everything cleaned up by a specific time.
Please bear in mind that you will require a different alcohol licence altogether if you plan on running more than one event.
Pubs & Restaurants
If you are planning on running a pub or restaurant, you will need to apply for two alcohol licences:
Premises licence – You will have to state the building in which you will be selling the alcohol
Personal licence – This will allow you, or your team, to sell the alcohol
Outlets Selling Alcohol
You will have to obtain the same two licences for an outlet that sells alcohol as you would for a pub or restaurant; that is a premises and a personal licence.
Why Choose Care Check For Your DBS Check?
DBS checks can be delayed due to application errors. Since you require a Basic DBS certificate before applying for an alcohol licence, the last thing you want is delays. Our smart paperless system prevents application errors and means that 65% of checks are carried out and returned within 24 hours; allowing you to get your licence sooner.
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Frequently asked questions about DBS checks for a personal licence
Having a criminal record does not automatically prevent you from getting a personal licence. If your criminal record shows that you have a ‘relevant offence’, that is an offence that involves:
- Serious crime or dishonesty
- Certain sexual offences
- Controlled drugs
- Offences created by the Act
Could impact whether your application is approved. Once you have declared your relevant offences, your application will be passed to a Chief Police Officer, who will investigate and decide.
You can apply for a Basic DBS check yourself, which is the level of check required as part of the personal licence application process.
There are other DBS checks that you cannot request yourself; however, these are not required for this particular application.
Similar to a DBS check, there is no expiry date on a personal license. This wasn’t always the case, but now you can keep your licence for as long as you wish.
Your personal licence may not have an expiry date, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be revoked. Your licence can be taken away from you if you are found guilty of a relevant offence after the licence was approved.