Apply for a club premises certificate
A club premises certificate is required for a club to provide licensable activities such as:
- Sale of alcohol to members or guests (Authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003 is needed for any sale of alcohol)
- Late night refreshment for members or guests (Supplying of hot foot or hot drink for consumption on or off the club premises between 11pm and 5am)
- Regulated entertainment for members or guests (Entertainment includes performance of plays, exhibition of films, indoor sporting events, boxing/ wrestling, live music, recorded music and performance of dance)
A club premises certificate is not need if:
- the activities are carried out under a temporary event notice for occasional events
- the activities are carried out under a premises licence
- the venue is exempt
In a qualifying club, there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol, except to guests. This is because the member owns part of the alcohol stock and the money passing across the bar is just a mechanism to preserve equity between members, where one may consume more alcohol than another.
Applicants for a club must be 18 years or older.
The club must ensure:
- its premises are occupied and used regularly for club purposes
- alcohol and entertainment is only provided to members and their guests
- only individuals who are 18 or older, and nominated by the club, are serving alcohol or buying it for the club
- no one is benefitting financially from buying or selling alcohol
- new members wait two days from their application before getting membership privileges
- it is established and conducted in good faith
- it has at least 25 members
- alcohol for the club is purchased legally
If any licensable activities take place at a club without a club premises certificate, then you may be subject to a fine, a 6 months prison sentence, or both.
A club premises certificate has no expiration date but an annual fee will need to be paid to keep the certificate valid.
Applying for a club premises certificate
You, or your agent, must:
- Complete the application form (Including completion of an operating schedule)
- Complete a certificate of declaration
- Submit a floor plan of the premises
- Submit a copy of the club rules
- Make the payment for the application
Applications must take into account the four licensing objectives and help promote them. These objectives are:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- Public Safety
- The prevention of public nuisance
- The protection of children from harm
What happens next?
We will review your application and will contact you if we need any extra information.
If no more information is needed from you, then a copy of the application will be sent to the relevant authorities for consultation.
In the meantime, you must display the application notice at the premises on pale blue paper. The notice needs to be visible from the outside of the premises the following working day from when an application is submitted. It needs to remain visible for 28 working days.
An advert needs be placed in local newspapers 10 days after submitted your application.
Review a club premises certificate
An interested party or responsible authority can ask to review a club premises certificate. If this is requested, we will hold a hearing.
In certain situations, the chief police officer can request from us a summary review of a licence. For example, if a premises is licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they believe that the premises is associated with either serious crime or disorder.
I need a copy of a club premises certificate
If a club premises certificate has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, you can apply for a copy.
Changing the name, registered address or rules of a club
If you hold a club premises certificate, you need to let us know if you change the name of the club or the address it is registered at.
You will also need to notify us if you make any alterations to the rules of the club.
Complete our notification of change form.
A £10.50 statutory fee applies to each change.