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Club Premises Certificate

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To provide late-night refreshments and regulated entertainment, and sell alcohol, you need a licence from the local authority. Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.
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How to Apply

Applications should be submitted with a plan of the premises, a copy of the rules of the club and a club operating schedule.

A club operating schedule is a document which must be in a specific format and which includes information on:

  • the activities of the club
  • the times the activities are to take place
  • other opening times
  • if alcohol supplies are for consumption on or off the premises or both
  • the steps that the club propose to take to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other information that is required


The fee for the application is dependent on the national non-domestic rateable value of the premises.

 ApplicationBand ABand BBand C Band DBand E
Club Premises Certificate* Application & variation  £100 £190 £315 £450 £635
Annual Renewal  £70 £180 £295 £320 £350


Other FeesCost
Theft, loss etc of premises Certificate or summary  £10.50
Notification of change of Address  £10.50


You will need a licence if you are a qualifying club and must satisfy the following conditions: 

  • a person may not be given memberships or as a candidate for membership to any membership privileges without an interval of at least two days from their membership application or nomination and their membership being granted
  • that club rules state that those becoming member 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.

Legislation and Conditions

Licensing Act 2003

Processing and Timescales

We must deal with your application within 28 days and check the public notice is displayed, the premises may be in inspected before your application is considered.

After the 28 days, providing no representations have been made the certificate is deemed as granted. 

If representations have been made and mediation cannot be reached a Hearing of the Licensing and Regulation Sub-Committee will be arranged. The Committee may grant the Certificate, grant with modifications or reject the application. 

Appeal/Redress mechanisms

  • If an application is rejected, the applicant may appeal the decision.
  • Appeals must be made to the magistrate’s court within 21 days of the decision.
  • A licence holder can also appeal against a decision to put conditions on a certificate or to exclude any club activity.

Contact Details

Licensing Section
PO Box 1
LL30 9GN


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