Alcohol and entertainment
Club premises certificate
To authorise the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment in a qualifying club you will need a club premises certificate from your local authority.
In a qualifying club there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol (except to guests) as the members each own part of the alcohol stock and the money passing across the bar is merely a mechanism to preserve equity between members where one may consume more than another.
- For a new club premises certificate
- Apply for a minor variation to your existing club premises certificate
- Tell us about a change to your existing details or club rules
- Apply for a variation to your existing club premises certificate
- Make the Annual Payment for your existing club premises certificate
Eligibility, Penalties & Regulation Summary
Clubs must be qualifying clubs. A qualifying club has general conditions it must satisfy. These are:
- that persons may not be given membership without an interval of at least two days between their application or nomination and their membership being granted
- that club rules state that those becoming members without nomination or application cannot have membership privileges for at least two days between them becoming members and being admitted to the club
- that the club is established and conducted in good faith
- that the club has at least 25 members
- that alcohol is only supplied to members on the premises on behalf or by the club
Additional conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol must be complied with. These conditions are:
that alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is done by members of club who are over 18 years of age and are elected to do so by the members
that no person at the expense of the club receives any commission, percentage or other similar payment in regard to the purchase of alcohol by the club
that there are no arrangements for anyone to receive a financial benefit from supplying alcohol, apart from any benefit to the club or to any person indirectly from the supply giving a gain from running the club
registered industrial and provident societies and friendly societies will qualify if the alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is done under the control of the members or a committee of members.
Relevant miners' welfare institutes can also be considered subject to them meeting criteria detailed in the Act regarding the management of the institute.
Details of the regulations and penalties can be found in A summary of the regulations and eligibility criteria for this licence
Fees for new applications, variations and annual fees are based on the NDR (Non Domestic Rateable) value of the premises and there are fixed fees for minor variations and notifications of changes.
Please refer to our Licensing Act Fees document for details.
Application evaluation process
The decision period to process applications is 60 days for new applications and variations, and 21 days for notifications of changes and minor variations.
Will tacit consent apply?
Tacit consent applies to these applications.
If 'tacit consent' applies it means that an application is automatically approved if a decision is not made within the above decision period. In all other cases approval can only be obtained following the decision regardless of the time taken.
It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.
Some applications will be recorded in a Public Register.
Last updated Tuesday, 23rd February 2016