Published: 2 April 2015
From 1 April 2015, the requirement to renew a personal licence was abolished. As long as your personal licence did not expire before 1 April 2015, there is no need to make an application to renew it. Although a personal licence will show an expiry date, it will continue indefinitely.
However any changes to personal licences, such as a change of the personal licence holder's home address, should be notified to the relevant local authority (being the one that issued the personal licence).
From 26 May 2015 the need to report a lost or stolen personal licence to the police before applying for a duplicate will also be abolished.
When the Home Office confirmed that it will no longer be necessary to renew a personal licence, it brought an end to the uncertainty surrounding personal licences (the Government initially mooted the idea of abolishing them altogether). Plans are also afoot to increase the number of temporary events that can be held at a single venue from 12 to 15 per year from 1 January 2016.
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