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Club premises certificate

You may need to apply for a club premises certificate if you’re a social, sporting or political members club (like a working men’s club or British Legion).

You need a certificate to:

  • sell or supply alcohol to members or guests
  • provide regulated entertainment, like musical performances or film screenings to members or guests

What the certificate allows

If your club holds a club premises certificate:

  • it may be able to supply alcohol to members and sell it to guests without the need for any member or employee to hold a personal licence - depending on what the certificate allows
  • it doesn’t need to specify a Designated Premises Supervisor
  • police and licensing officers have more limited rights of entry because the premises are private

Conditions

To qualify for a certificate, your club must make sure that:

  • it has premises that are occupied and used regularly for club purposes
  • alcohol and entertainment is only provided to members and their guests
  • only someone 18 or older who is nominated by the club can serve alcohol or buy it for the club
  • there is no arrangement for anyone to benefit financially from buying or selling alcohol
  • new members wait two days from their application before getting membership privileges
  • it is established and conducted in good faith
  • it has at least 25 members 

Before you start

You'll need to provide:

You should read Section 182 Licensing Act Guidance and the relevant authority's licensing policy:

Apply for a certificate

You can apply for a club premises certificate on Gov.uk. We will notify the responsible authorities of applications received electronically.

Alternatively, you can complete the application form and return it to us:

You can apply online to North Dorset District Council. Read the online application guidance.

Responsible authorities

Copies of your application also need to be sent to the relevant responsible authorities:

Fees and payment

You’ll be charged a fee that’s based on the rateable value of the property.

Payment can be made by card over the phone, or by sending a cheque. The 28 day representation period starts once payment is received.

After you've made an application

There is a 28 day period during which the responsible authorities and any other person can make representations about a new premises licence application. If no representations are received within this 28 day period, the application is granted with the relevant mandatory conditions and any conditions consistent with your operating schedule.

If representations are received, the application process can take longer as a licensing sub-committee might need to be arranged to to hear the application.

Displaying your application notice

You must display your ‘application notice’ at or on the premises for 28 days from the day after it was submitted. Download the advertising requirements.

Appealing a decision

If your licence application is refused, you can appeal. Appeals should be made to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of being notified of the Licensing Authority's decision.

You can also appeal against any conditions attached to your premises licence, including a decision to:

  • exclude a licensable activity from the licence
  • reject a variation application

Displaying your certificate

You must prominently display the club premises certificate in your club.

You may need to display notice of your application before you get your club premises certificate. Check with your council.

Fines and penalties

You can be jailed for up to 6 months and/or fined if you provide alcohol or entertainment without the necessary certificate or without following its conditions.

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