Personal licence

Is your Personal Licence due to expire 31 AUGUST 2019? – You must apply to renew your licence BEFORE 31 MAY 2019

DON’T DELAY – You can find an application form here.

Updated Refresher Training is required, however if you are unlikely to get your Refresher Training Certificate by 31 May, DON’T DELAY, send in your application with your Original Training Certificate meantime. 


Contact us for further advice on 03451 55 11 77.

Personal Licence Holders who obtained their licence on or before 01 September 2009, need to undergo refresher training and apply to renew their personal licence by: 31 May 2019 at the latest. 

You will need to apply to Fife Licensing Board for a Personal Licence if you wish to:

  • authorise the sale of alcohol in licensed premises
  • supervise the sale of alcohol in licensed premises
  • be a nominated premises manager

You must:

  • hold a recognised, accredited, licensing qualification for Personal Licenceholders in Scotland.
  • be aged 18 or over
  • be resident in Fife

 A personal licence lasts for 10 years from the date it is granted.

A personal licenceholder must undergo refresher training every 5 years from the date of grant of their licence and send the training certificate to Fife Licensing Board within the relevant timescales or the licence will be revoked.

You can use the form below to notify us that you have completed your refresher course:

Personal Licence Refresher Training

A personal licenceholder must apply to renew their personal licence every 10 years and LODGE THE RENEWAL APPLICATION NO LATER THAN 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE EXPIRY DATE OF THE LICENCE or the licence will expire on the expiry date and so cease to have effect.

Please click here for further information and Frequently asked questions.

The following Bodies will be able to provide details of training organisations who deliver the necessary training.

  • SQA ( 
  • BIIAB (

How to Apply

To apply or renew a Personal Licence, download the application below:

Application for a First/Renewal Personal Licence

The cost of a Personal Licence is £50.

Applications must be on the prescribed form and be accompanied by:

  • A copy of the relevant accredited qualification
  • 2 signed photographs
  • Photographic ID in the form of a driving licence; passport or cards bearing the PASS hologram.
  • The application fee of £50.00

All applications should be submitted directly to:

  • The Clerk to the Licensing Board, Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5LT.

**For a First/New Application, the only evidence acceptable is the qualification first introduced as of 1 August 2013 and known as The Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder**

Fife Licensing Board will send a copy of the application to:

  • The Chief Constable of Police Scotland; and
  • The Licensing Standards Officer as part of their consideration.

The Chief Constable can serve a notice stating whether you have, or have not, any convictions for relevant offences or foreign offences.  If there are no convictions or no information received in relation to the applicant that the Chief Constable or the Licensing Standards Officer considers to be relevant to the consideration of the application, then the Board must grant the application.

If there are convictions, then the Chief Constable may recommend that the application is refused.

A hearing may be held to consider the application.

Tacit consent will not apply as it is in the public interest that the Licensing Board must process your application.

Failed Application & Appeal

Appeals against the refusal of an application must be made to the Sheriff of the Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife.

Appeals can only be made under one of the following grounds: 

  • the Licensing Board erred in law
  • the decision was based on incorrect material facts
  • the Licensing Board acted contrary to natural justice
  • the Licensing Board used their discretion in an unreasonable manner

Consumer Complaint

If anyone wishes to complain about a Personal Licence holder, normally the first contact is made with the Liquor Licensing Team, the Licensing Standards Officer, or Police Scotland.



Liquor Licensing
Tel: 03451 55 11 77 Contact Liquor Licensing online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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