Pub Licencing

The sale and supply of alcohol is governed by the Licensing Act 2003 in England and Wales, and by the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in Scotland.


The licensing act establishes four licensing objectives that are the foundations of licensing. These are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder

  • public safety

  • the prevention of public nuisance

  • the protection of children from harm

It is important to note that all four objectives are as important as each other. In running your business it’s your responsibility to ensure that these four objectives are promoted. It is the licensing authority’s duty, along with the other responsible authorities, such as Police and the Environmental Health Department, to make sure that you do.


A Premises Licence is a permanent licence that Greene King holds for each of its pubs and enables us to carry on any or all of the licensable activities: the sale of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment, and the provision of late-night refreshment.


You’ll require a Personal Licence to operate one of our pubs. A Personal Licence can be obtained from a Licensing Authority, however before applying you’ll need to hold a licensing qualification. We run the Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH/SCPLH) training course throughout the year and can source individual sessions to suit you.


Our secure online support tool has lots of information to help support you and ensure that you understand the legal obligations of running a pub, including licensing. We also provide a specialist licensing support service provided by our external legal and licensing partners.