A club can apply for a club premises certificate for any premises which are occupied and used regularly for club purposes.
Applications should be made to the local licensing authority, which will be the local authority where the premises are situated.
Applications should be submitted with a plan of the premises, which must be in a specific format, a copy of club rules 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 of activities
- 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 required
If there are alterations to the rules or name of the club before an application is determined or after a certificate is issued, the club secretary must give details. If a certificate is in place, this must be sent to the licensing authority when they are notified.
If a certificate is in place and the registered address of the club changes, the club must give notice to the local licensing authority of the change and provide the certificate with the notice.
A club may apply to a local licensing authority to vary a certificate. The certificate should accompany the application.
The local licensing authority can inspect the premises before an application is considered.
Fees can be payable for any application relating to a club premises certificate.
Objections and appeals
Any interested party can make representations to the local licensing authority before the certificate is granted or before amendments to a certificate are granted. If representations are made, a hearing will consider the application and the representations. Notices will be made by the local licensing authority detailing the reasons for any outcome. Interested parties who made representations will receive notice of a failed application. See further information about objecting to a licence application >>
An interested party is:
- a person living near the premises or a body representing such a person
- a person involved in a business near the premises or a body representing such a person
An interested party can request a review of the club premises certificate. The local licensing authority will give reasons for their response to the application in a notice.
An interested party can appeal if they argue that a certificate should not have been granted or that different or additional conditions or limitations on activities should have been made. They can also appeal against any variation of a condition.
Appeals against the decision of a review can be made.
Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.