Policy paper

Licensing Act 2003: updating of 'relevant offences'

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Updating of the list of relevant offences in Licensing Act 2003.



The Licensing Act 2003 establishes a regime for the granting of personal licences to individuals to supply, or to authorise the supply of alcohol. The personal licence is separate from the licence which authorises a premises to be used for the supply of alcohol.

To qualify for a personal licence the applicant must fulfil the following criteria:

  • the applicant must be aged 18 or over
  • no personal licence held by the applicant should have been forfeited within the period of five years before making the application
  • the applicant must possess an accredited licensing qualification, or is a person of prescribed description
  • the applicant must not have been convicted of any relevant or foreign offence

We will update the list of relevant offences in the Licensing Act 2003 to include attempting to commit, and conspiracy to commit, existing relevant offences and failure by drivers to co-operate with a preliminary test in relation to alcohol, impairment or drugs.