Club premises certificates

To authorise the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment in a qualifying club you need a club premises certificate from the licensing authority.

In order to constitute a qualifying club you must satisfy the various requirements set out in the Licensing Act 2003.

A club can apply for a club premises certificate for any premises which are occupied and used regularly for club purposes.

1. How to apply

New club premises certificate Apply online
Vary an existing club premises certificate (full) Apply online
Vary an existing club premises certificate (minor)   Apply online
Notify change of name of alterations of rules of club Notify online
Notification of an interest in a licensed premises Apply online

    New or variation applications must be submitted with a plan of the premises and a copy of the club rules. 

    Please read the government guidance for online applications (PDF, 76KB) made under the Licensing Act 2003.

    When considering any application, we will give regard to the secretary of state's guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. As a requirement of the act, we have produced a licensing policy that will be used in determining applications.

    View fees list (PDF, 503KB)

    View a summary of the regulations relating to club premises certificates

    Information about applying by post

    Displaying notice

    For new, provisional statements or full variation applications a notice must be displayed on the premises for 28 consecutive days starting from the day after the application is made to the licensing authority. The notice must be to the specified size and colour (light blue).

    A notice must also be displayed in a local newspaper circulating the area which relates to the premises. The notice must contain the same information as the premises' notice and it must appear once in the newspaper within 10 days of the application being made.

    If the notice requirements aren't met, the licensing authority may need you to re-advertise and the 28-day consultation period will restart.

    A notice is also required for a minor variation application. The notice must meet the statutory requirements and be no smaller than A4 size on white paper. The notice must be displayed on the premises for 10 working days from the day after the application is made. No newspaper public notice is required for minor variations. 

    Public notice templates
    New club premises certificate application public notice (doc, 24KB)
    Full variation of a club premises certificate licence public notice (doc, 23KB)
    Minor variation of a club premises certificate licence public notice (doc, 23KB)

    2. What happens next

    If you apply online, you do not have to send copies of your application to responsible authorities.

    Tacit consent will apply for applications made online and if unopposed at the end of the consultation period. This means you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.

    Our target completion period for Licensing Act 2003 premises licence applications are:

    • 40 days for new, provisional and full variation applications
    • 30 days for all other application types*

    *Minor variation applications will not be given tacit authorisation as, by law, they will be automatically refused if the authority has not determined the application after 15 days from receipt.

    View information on appeals and complaints

    3. View the public register

    You can view the public register online. You can also view a copy of the register at the council's offices during normal office hours. To make an appointment to view it, please contact the Licensing team.

    Last updated: 24 July 2019