If one of the licensable activities that you apply for is the sale/supply of alcohol you must appoint a DPS, unless you are a 'qualifying club' and are applying for a Club Premises Certificate.
The DPS is the person responsible for the sale or supply of alcohol although they may not be selling or supplying it themselves. This person will need to hold a Personal Licence and complete a form of consent agreeing to them being specified as the DPS for your premises. .
The main purpose of the DPS is to ensure that there is always one specified individual who can be readily identified for the premises and that person will normally have been given day to day responsibility for running the premises. The DPS will be the point of contact for the premises at all times for the Licensing Authority, Police or Fire Service if problems occur at the premises.
The Act specifies that there may only be one DPS for any premises at any time.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the Licensing Team.