Club Premises Certificates

Club premises are organisations where members have joined together for a particular social, sporting or political purpose.  

If your club carries out any of the following licensable activities, you will need to apply for a Club Premises Certificate.

  • Plays
  • Films
  • Indoor Sporting Events
  • Boxing or Wrestling Entertainment
  • Live music
  • Recorded music
  • Performances of dance
  • Supply of alcohol
  • or anything of a similar description

Club premises have to comply with the following rules:

  • At least 48 hours must pass between people being admitted to membership, or as candidates for membership, and their admission to the Club.
  • If Members are admitted without nomination, the Club Rules must state they will not be admitted to the privileges of membership until 48 hours have elapsed from them becoming a member.
  • The Club must be conducted in 'good faith'. 
  • The Club must have at least 25 members.
  • You must not supply, or intend to supply, alcohol to members on the premises otherwise than by, or on behalf of, the Club.

Good Faith

The following factors must be considered when deciding whether a Club is conducted in good faith:

  • Arrangements restricting the Club's freedom in purchasing alcohol.
  • Any provision in the Club rules or arrangements concerning how money or property of the Club or any gain arising from the carrying on of the club will be spent, unless it is for the benefit of the Club as a whole or for charitable, benevolent or political purposes.
  • The arrangements for providing members with information about Club finances.
  • The account books and other records ensuring the accuracy of that information.
  • The nature of the premises occupied by the Club.

Operating Schedule

When you are making an application for a Club Premises Certificate, you need to complete a operating schedule which forms part of the certificate.  The main objective of the operating schedule is to prevent premises from breaching the four licensing objectives.  Details that make up an operating schedule include:

  • the licensable activities to be carried out at the premises
  • the times and days (including special holidays such as Christmas, Easter, New Year)
  • in the case of alcohol, whether it is intended for 'on' sales or 'off' sales
  • areas within the premises, where the licensable activities are to be carried out
  • steps which the applicant proposes to take to promote the licensing objectives

For further information on operating schedule, please see the guidance below.

Applying for a certificate

When applying for a club premises certificate applicants will have to submit:

  • plans of the building
  • an operating schedule
  • a fee
  • completed application form along with any supporting documentation
  • completed Declaration form
  • copy of the rules of the club


Once your application has been accepted by the council, you need to advertise the application.  This needs to be done by advertising in the public notices section of the local newspaper and by displaying a blue notice at the premises.  The purpose for advertising the application is to ensure that people that live within the vicinity of the premises are happy with the application or, if not, put steps in place to ensure the licensing objectives are not breached.  For further information on the requirements for advertising please see Licensing Act 2003 Notices page.

Application forms are available under related documents on this page or you can apply on line.

Objections / Representations

If objections are made in respect of granting or variation of a certificate in any way, the Council’s Licensing Committee (made up of Councillors) will have to determine the application. 

For further information please see Licencing Act 2003 Representations page.

For further information regarding Club Premises Certificates, please see the guidance under related documents on this page.

Application forms can be found under related documents on this page.