Selling alcohol? New courses help vendors understand the law

The rules and regulations concerning the sale of alcohol can be complex and long-winded, so to help local small businesses Peterborough City Council is now offering a local, convenient and recognised course.

The Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) is a one-day course aimed at supervisors, managers or small business holders who sell or are intending to sell alcohol. On conclusion, participants are qualified to apply for a personal licence from their local authority.

The APLH covers all aspects of The Licensing Act 2003 which makes it a legal requirement for all retail sales of alcohol to be authorised by a Personal Licence Holder.

Participants will learn about the role of licensing authorities, licensing objectives, the powers of police and licensing authorities and how to approach the role responsibly.

The £90 course is delivered at Peterborough City Council offices or at the premises of the business taking part (subject to minimum candidate numbers). 

Participants are assessed by completing a series of multiple-choice questions. A fast track personal licence application is also available for Peterborough residents.

Darren Dolby, Licensing Regulatory Officer, said: “There are many small businesses across the city involved with the sale of alcohol.  Whether they are a supervisor, manager or owner, they need to possess the correct licence and have a Designated Premises Supervisor in place.

“The penalties for not adhering to the law include having your licence to sell alcohol revoked, which is why we have launched this course to help retailers understand their obligations and simplify the application process.”

The course is delivered by experienced city council licensing staff and accredited by Highfield Qualifications. 

For more information or to book a place contact


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