Alcohol Licences

There are two types of licence involved in the retail sale of alcohol: the premises licence and the personal licence.

Premises licence:

A premises licence is applied to the named building or open space and allows licensable activities to take place (including music and the sale of alcohol).

For travelling bars and temporary bars, there is the Temporary Event Notice, which acts as a temporary premises licence for up to a week.

Personal licence:

A personal licence is awarded to the personal licence applicant and is valid for ten years. Every retail sale of alcohol must be made or authorised by a personal licence holder.

A Scottish personal licence covers the sale of alcohol in Scotland. A seperate English/Welsh licence covers the sale of alcohol in England and Wales.

A personal licence applicant must first achieve a mandatory licensing qualification. For a Scottish personal licence applicant, this is the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH). In England and Wales, it is the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).

Licensing qualifications

Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders

Every personal licence applicant must achieve a mandatory qualification: the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders.

Basic staff training

Every staff member making retail sales of alcohol must receive a minimum of two hours training, under the Licensing Act (Scotland) 2005. The Scottish Award for Licensed Premises Staff (SALPS) meets this requirement and delivers key knowledge and training to licensed premises staff. This is a transferable qualification, awarded to the individual.