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Club Premises Certificate

The Licensing Act 2003 recognises that volunteer and social clubs give rise to different issues for licensing law than commercially run premises selling direct to the public. These clubs (such as the Royal British Legion, working men's, cricket or rugby clubs) are generally organisations where members join together for a particular social, sporting or political purpose.

The clubs carry on activities from premises to which public access is restricted and alcohol is supplied other than for profit. For these reasons the 2003 Act preserves aspects of earlier alcohol licensing law which applied to 'registered members clubs' and affords clubs special treatment outside the normal premises licence arrangements.

Clubs which meet specified criteria set out in the Licensing Act 2003 are known as 'qualifying clubs' and the authority under which they may supply alcohol and conduct other 'qualifying club activities' from their premises is a Club Premises Certificate (CPC) issued by the licensing authority.

The grant of a Club Premises Certificate means that a club is entitled to certain benefits, which include the authority to supply alcohol to its members and sell it to guests without the need for any member or employee to hold a personal licence, and the absence of a requirement to specify a designated premises supervisor. There are also more limited rights of entry for the police and other authorised persons, as the premises are considered private and not generally open to the public. A Club Premises Certificate does not need to be renewed - it lasts as long as the premises continue to operate. However, an annual fee will be required.

In a qualifying club there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol (except to guests) as the member owns part of the alcohol stock and the money passing across the bar is merely a mechanism to preserve equity between members.

Club Premises Certificate Forms
New Applications for Club Premises CertificatesVary an Existing Club Premises Certificate
pdf icon 1. New Club Premises Certificate application form [278kb]pdf icon 1. Vary Club Premises Certificate application form [289kb]
pdf icon 2. New Club Premises Certificate declaration form [439kb]      pdf icon 2. Vary Club Premises Certificate template for newspaper notice [50kb]
pdf icon 3. New CPC requirements for advertising [146kb]pdf icon 3. Vary Club Premises Certificate template for site notice [20kb]
pdf icon 4. New Club Premises Certificate template for site notice [55kb]pdf icon 4. Vary CPC requirements for advertising [146kb]
pdf icon 5. New Club Premises Certificate template for newspaper notice [54kb]pdf icon 5. Vary CPC plan and photograph requirements [102kb]
pdf icon 6. New CPC responsible authority contact details [26kb]pdf icon 6. Vary CPC guidance for noise control for premises [125kb]
pdf icon 7. New CPC guidance for noise control for premises [125kb]pdf icon 7. Vary CPC responsible authority contact details [26kb]
pdf icon 8. New CPC plan and photograph requirements [102kb]pdf icon 8. Vary CPC licence fees [78kb]
pdf icon 9. New CPC licence fees [78kb] 

 

Surrendering a Club Premises Certificate

If you are the person performing duties of a secretary to the club, you will need to complete the pdf icon form to surrender a premises licence or club premises certificate [19kb] and return to us.

 

Last modified: 07 March 2017