Club premises licence

This certificate allows a qualifying club to supply alcohol. It can be granted to members clubs that comply with the specific conditions, for example, members rules, run by club committees and profits go to members. The law for members clubs has changed relatively little under the Licensing Act 2003 and while there is no time limit on the duration of the certificate, it may be withdrawn, surrendered or suspended.

Definition of a qualifying club

A club is defined in section 61 of the Licensing Act as a premises that:

  • has at least 25 members
  • a person who is admitted for membership must wait at least 2 days from nomination or application before enjoying the privileges of membership
  • that the club is established and conducted in good faith
  • that alcohol is only supplied to members by or on behalf of the club

If the club intends to supply alcohol to its members and guests the club must satisfy these additional conditions:

  • the purchase and supply of alcohol should be managed by committee
  • nobody should receive at the expense of the club a commission or percentage deriving from the purchase of alcohol
  • nobody should receive a pecuniary benefit from the supply of alcohol by the club to its members or guests

Does the club need a personal licence holder to supply or sell alcohol?

Qualifying clubs have a special status under the Licensing Act 2003 as clubs holding a certificate are exempt and therefore do not require a personal licence holder. 

How to apply

Operating schedule

An operating schedule is required as part of a premises licence or club premises certificate application. Whilst the precise detail of each will be slightly different depending on the licensable activities i.e. the retail sale of alcohol, supply of alcohol by a club, provision of regulated entertainment, or the provision of late night refreshment, the key details on the operating schedule will be:

  • when and which of the licensable activities are planned to take place at the premises
  • the opening and closing times of the premises
  • the steps the licence holder will take to promote the licensing objectives

Responsible authorities

You need to send copies of your application to all of the responsible authorities.

Note: For all copies sent to Environmental Services please clearly mark each envelope with LA2003.

If you require further information about the Licensing Act 2003 you can contact us and ask to speak to a licensing officer. Alternatively information is available on the Department of Culture Media and Sport website.

Page last updated: 08 February 2019
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