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A Personal Licence is issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to individuals who have obtained a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder (SCPLH) qualification.

Who requires it?

A Personal Licence is required by anyone who intends to be named as the designated premises manager of a premises licence issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The holder of a personal licence can also apply for an Occasional Licence in their own name.

How do I apply?

Read our pdf icon guidance on applying [346kb] for information on the application process including details of:

  • How to lodge an application
  • Supporting documents required
  • How the application will be processed
  • The time it will take to get a decision
  • What to do if you are unhappy with the decision

If you plan to submit your application at our Service Desk, you must make an appointment using our online booking system.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays.  Read more about Licensing Appointments.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our  pdf icon Fees and Charges [65kb] document for details of the current fee and accepted payment methods.

The application will not be accepted without the correct fee.

How do I administer my Licence?

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 places a number of administrative duties on a Personal Licence Holder including requirements to undergo Refresher Training and to advise the Licensing Board of any change to your name or address.

Please refer to our guidance on the administrative duties of a Personal Licence Holder for more information.

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