This communications document has been issued by the Scottish Government for Personal Licence Holders, the trade and Licensing Boards to assist with the effective communication of arrangements to all stakeholders.
Personal Licence Holders have a vital job within the licensed trade. They authorise the sale of alcohol in both on and off sales businesses and ensure that each and every sale is legal. This is a considerable responsibility and, as such, Personal Licence Holders have two important obligations:-
1. They must undergo refresher training every 5 years to refresh their knowledge of the licensing regime, and send the training certificate to the relevant Licensing Board; and
2. They must apply to renew their personal licence every ten years, and lodge the renewal application no later than 3 months before expiry date of the licence.
The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 came into full effect in September 2009. As such, Personal Licence Holders who first obtained their licence at the introduction of the existing regime will need to renew their personal licence for the first time. Although they have from 31 August 2018 to 31 May 2019 to do so, it is strongly recommended that they undergo training and then renew their licence as soon as possible.