A club premises certificate issued under the Licensing Act 2003 allows a members club to supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or serve late night refreshment.
Members clubs can apply for a club premises certificate.
Licensing Act 2003
Licensing Act (Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Regulations 2005
Application Evaluation Process
Applications must be sent to the licensing authority for the area where the club is located. They must be in a specific format and be accompanied by the fee and, if applicable, a plan of the premises.
Applicants will be required to advertise their application and to give notice of it to any other person or responsible body, e.g. the chief police officer or fire and rescue.
Further information on applying for a club premises certificate can be found in the guidance notes on this page.
If we receive representations objecting to the application a hearing must be held. The outcome of this hearing would be that: the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded, or the application is rejected.
The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Tacit consent applies to a club premises certificate application if no relevant representations are made during a period of 28 days from the day after the application is received by the Licensing Authority. This target date is known as the "last date for representation". The application will be deemed granted after the last date for representation.
If relevant representations are made within the 28 day consultation period tacit consent does not apply and a public hearing must be held to determine your application. The public hearing will be held within 20 working days after the last date for representation. The hearing date may be extended if the Licensing Authority considers it is in the public interest to do so.
Target Completion Period
If there are no representations to the application, the certificate will be granted 29 days from the day the licensing authority received the application.
If there are representations the application will go before a licensing sub-committee and a decision will be made at the hearing.
Forms to download, print and post
Should you wish to apply by post, you can download forms from this page which you can complete and post or email to us. We can accept payment by phone.
Apply for a new club premises certificate
Apply for a minor variation to your club premises certificate
Apply for a variation to your club premises certificate
Tell us about a change to your existing details or club rules
Make an annual fee payment for a club premises certificate
Please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant, responsible authority or person making representation is able to appeal the licensing authority’s decision to a magistrates court within 21 days of the notice of decision. Full details of how to appeal are provided with the decision notice. Members of the public who are experiencing problems with licensed premises may wish to read Guidance on Problem Premises.
Public Registers or databases
We hold public registers of premises licence applications which can be accessed through the Public Access Portal.
- Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)
- Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)
- Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA)
- Institute of Entertainment and Arts Professionals (IEAP)
Use of Personal Data
We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and may use the information you have provided in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.