More about the Designated Premises Supervisor.
The Designated Premises Supervisor must be named in the operating schedule of the Premises Licence. The operating schedule is the document which outlines how the premises will be operated in regard to the licensing objectives and is submitted as part of any premises licence application.
The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) will be the main point of contact for the council licensing authorities and the police. While the DPS is under no legal requirement to be on site at all times, it is expected that they will be involved in the operation of the premises licence to a degree that they have day to day control of the business. The DPS must be contactable at all times, to ensure that any questions or concerns that the police or licensing authorities may have about the licensed premises, can be dealt with.
It is imperative that the DPS has a strong understanding of both the business and the potential problems associated with the sale of alcohol. This is why the DPS must be a personal licence holder, as to apply for a Personal Licence the applicant will have attended a APLH course and attained the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification. This ensures that the DPS has the relevant working knowledge and legal requirements contained within the 2003 Licensing Act.
This role should not be entered into lightly as getting it wrong can carry legal consequences for both the individual and the business.
Although each premises licence must have only one Designated Premises Supervisor, the person selected for the role can also act as a Designated Premises Supervisor for more than one premises licence.