Club Premises Certificate
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 and then combine to purchase alcohol in bulk for its members.
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 2003 Act 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, 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.
Apply for a Club Premises Certificate
You must apply by sending the following documents to the Licensing Team (see contacts section of this page for address):
- Please see the for help with completing your application.
- A detailed plan of the premises at a scale of 1:100
- Payment. The fee depends on the rateable value of the premises. If you do not know the rateable value, you can check this on the website. Then look up the fee scale (can also be found on GOV.UK website). You can pay by credit or debit card and you can also pay by cheque, made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council.
You need to make ten copies of the application documents. One copy with the fee should be sent to the Licensing Team (see address in contacts section of this page) and one copy should be sent to each of the .
Apply to vary a Club Premises Certificate
You must apply to the local authority licensing team if you wish to change or vary the hours or licensable activities for the club and submit the following documents:
- A detailed plan of the premises at a scale of 1:100
- Payment. The fee depends on the rateable value of the premises. If you do not know the rateable value, look it up on the website. Then look up the scale of fees on the website. You can pay by credit or debit card or also by cheque, made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council.
You must also advertise your application, both on the premises and in the local paper.
How to advertise on the premises
The notice must be A4 or larger, pale blue with black text printed legibly in black ink or typed in black, in a font size equal to or larger than 16 point. In all cases the notice must be displayed prominently at or on the premises to which the application relates where it can be conveniently read from the exterior of the club premises.
The notice must contain a brief description of the proposed variation and include:
- The name of the club
- The postal address of the premises, if any, or if there is no postal address for the premises, a description of those premises sufficient to enable the location and extent of the premises to be identified.
- The postal address and the web address where the register of the licensing authority is kept and where and when the record of the application may be inspected - see the contacts section of this page.
- The date by which an interested party or responsible authority may make representations to the relevant licensing authority (within 28 days of the application being received by the licensing authority starting on the day after the day on which the application was received by the licensing authority).
- That representations shall be made in writing.
- That it is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is up to £5,000.
How to advertise in the local newspaper
You must on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to the licensing authority. The advertisement must contain the same information as posted on the premises.
Reviews of existing licences
Occasionally things may go wrong once a licence has been granted. In the first case, we strongly advise you to talk to the manager of the premises first to try and arrange an informal resolution; we can help with this if asked.
If you have a complaint about any activities allowed under a licence, our licensing team will be pleased to help you try and resolve it. Some complaints may not be the council’s responsibility to deal with, but we can advise you who would be the most appropriate agency in those cases. Interested parties canin this situation.
Reviews allow the Licensing Committee to look at the licence again. If necessary the Committee can change the licence conditions or, in extreme cases, can suspend or revoke all or part of the licence. Once the request has been made, the licensing authority must advertise it for 28 days to allow anyone else to also submit comments.
Last reviewed: 21 - 07 - 2017