You or a member of your staff must hold a personal licence if you sell alcohol from licensed premises Opens in a new window, so that every sale or supply of alcohol is authorised by a licence holder.

You must be 18 years or older and hold a relevant licensing qualification, for example the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) Level 2. Once granted, the licence is valid indefinitely.

You don’t need a personal licence to sell alcohol under a temporary events notice.

If you live in Torbay you must apply to us for a licence. If you live outside of Torbay, please apply to the local authority Opens in a new window where you live. Only one application can be made at any one time.


You can apply by completing an application form and sending it to us with the following:

  Download the Disclosure of Convictions and Civil Immigration Penalties and Declaration Form

  Download the Personal Licence Application Form


The fee for a personal licence application is £37.


If you currently hold a personal licence there is no longer any need to renew it as all personal licences are now valid indefinitely. Even if your personal licence has an expiry date printed on it this date is no longer applicable and the licence will remain valid indefinitely after the expiry date.

Changes to personal details

It is an offence not tell us of any name or address changes. If you hold a valid personal licence, all changes must be made to the Licensing Authority that issued the licence.

To notify us of a name or address change you must write to us at:

Licensing and Public Protection
Torbay Council
Town Hall
Castle Circus

Your notification must include:

  • Name or address change in writing.
  • Fee of £10.50.
  • Personal licence(card part).

Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate must be under 1 month old upon the date that the application is received by the authority.

To obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (CRB) you will need to apply to a registered company such as  Disclosure and Barring Service  Opens in a new window  for this certificate.

In relation to a Personal Licence application, the Chief Officer of Police may object to the application on the grounds of crime prevention if the applicant has a relevant criminal conviction. If there is an objection from the Chief Officer of Police, the applicant will be notified and the Licensing Authority must hold a hearing to consider the objection.