How to apply
You can do this online and also pay by debit or credit card. For details of fees, see: Licence fees.
Before completing any of the below, please read:
Club premises certificate declaration form.
This form must be displayed on the Premises and printed on pale blue paper:
Notice 1: Public notice of application for grant/variation of premises licence/club premises certificate.
This form is to be completed and placed in the relevant newspaper:
Notice 2: Notice of application for grant/variation of premises licence/club premises certificate.
This is a declaration of posting of a Public Notice:
Notice 3: Certificate of posting a public notice.
This is a declaration that the attached application is correct. (This must be returned to the Licensing Unit):
The certificate is a licence that grants 'qualifying club' status to premises.
Clubs that qualify:
- Where members have joined together for specific social, sporting or political purposes;
- and supply alcohol for members and their guests only.
Some examples are:
- Labour, Conservative and Liberal clubs.
- The Royal British Legion and other ex-service clubs.
- Working men's clubs and miner's welfare institutions.
- Social and sports clubs.
To qualify, applicants must comply with these rules:
- At least 48 hours must pass between:
- People being admitted to membership;
- or as candidates for membership and their admission to the club.
- If members are admitted without a nomination, the club rules must state that:
- They will not be admitted to the privileges of membership until 48 hours have elapsed from them becoming a member.
- The Club must be conducted in good faith (see below).
- The Club must have at least 25 members.
- Applicants must not:
- Supply or intend to supply, alcohol to members on the premises otherwise than by (or on behalf of) the Club.
A certificates last for the lifetime of the business, unless:
- The licence application is for a shorter period;
- or the licence holder details change.