It is a DPS Licence that the manager holds.
A Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is an individual who holds a valid personal licence and is named on a
premises licence which authorises the sale by retail of alcohol.
All premises licences which authorise the sale of alcohol must, in accordance with the mandatory condition in
section 19 of the Licensing Act 2003, have a DPS who holds a valid personal licence. The premises licence must
specify the name, address and telephone number of the DPS. The premises licence summary must specify the
name of the DPS. The premises licence summary is required to be displayed on the premises.
Where a licensed premises has no DPS, or where the DPS does not hold a valid personal licence, the sale of
alcohol is not permitted.
It is this licence that soon to be ex managers inform the local licensing authority they will no longer hold and therefore no alcohol can be sold. A relief will very seldom apply for DPS as they are not usually there long enough and there is a cost and time scale involved.