To authorise the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment in a qualifying club you need a Club Premises Certificate from your Local Authority.
Licence summaryIn a qualifying club there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol (except to guests) as the members own the stock and the money passing across the bar is merely a mechanism to preserve equity between members where one may consume more than another. In order to constitute a qualifying club you must also satisfy the various requirements set out in the Licensing Act 2003.
Eligibility CriteriaClubs must be qualifying clubs. A qualifying club has general conditions it must satisfy. These are:
- A person may not be given membership or as a candidate for membership to any membership privileges without an interval of at least two days from their membership application or nomination and their membership being granted
- That club rules state that those becoming member without nomination or application cannot have membership privileges for at least two days between them becoming members and being admitted to the club
- That the club is established and conducted in good faith
- That the club has at least 25 members
- That alcohol is only supplied to members on the premises on behalf or by the club
- That alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is done by members of club who are over 18 years of age and are elected to do so by the members
- That no person at the expense of the club receives any commission, percentage or other similar payment in regard to the purchase of alcohol by the club
- That there are no arrangements for anyone to receive a financial benefit from supplying alcohol, apart from any benefit to the club or to any person indirectly from the supply giving a gain from running the club
Regulation SummaryA Summary of Club Premises Certificate Regulation (external link) has been produced by The National Archives.
Application Evaluation ProcessA club can apply for a Club Premises Certificate for any premises which are occupied and used regularly for club purposes. Applications should be made to the local Licensing Authority where the premises is situated. Applications should be submitted with a plan of the premises which must be in a specific format, a copy of the rules of the club and a club operating schedule. A club operating schedule is a document which must be in a specific format and which includes information on:
- The activities of the club
- The times the activities are to take place
- Other opening times
- If alcohol supplies are for consumption on or off the premises or both
- The steps that the club propose to take to promote the licensing objectives
- Any other information that is required