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Club Premises Certificate

A club premises certificate can be applied for by a qualifying club to permit the following licensable activities:

  • Supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club - for qualifying clubs there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol (with the exception of guests) this is because members own the alcohol stock. Therefore the money which is paid across the bar is a way to preserve equity between members, as one member may consume more alcohol than another member.
  • Regulated entertainment for club members and their guests - this may include plays, films, indoor sporting events, boxing or wrestling entertainment, live music, recorded music, performance of dancing, anything of a similar description to live music, recorded music or performance of dance, provision of entertainment facilities for making music, dancing or anything of a similar description to making music or dancing.

Eligibility

A qualifying club has general conditions it must satisfy. These are:

  • a person may not be given memberships 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 members 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

Additional conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol must be complied with. These conditions are:

  • 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 summary

Apply for a licence

The following documentation should accompany a new application for grant and an application to vary a certificate:

  • a plan of the premises - please note that the regulations state the requirements of plans.
  • a copy of the rules of the club – new applications only
  • a declaration as to qualifying club status – new applications only
  • a club operating schedule - this must detail the activities of the club, the times the activities are to take place or to be varied and also include, opening times, whether alcohol supplies are for consumption on or off the premises or both and the steps that the club propose to take to promote the licensing objectives.
  • the current club premises certificate – variation applications only
  • prescribed fee

Applicants are required to advertise their grant or variation application and to give notice of the application to the relevant responsible authorities. Once the application has been correctly submitted there is a 28 day representation period.

A hearing must be held if any valid representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.

The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police.

 

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Responsible Authority List and Notice templates

 

Apply by post

New club premises certificate

Vary a club premises certificate

Minor variation to a club premises certificate

Failed application redress

Please contact Stroud District Council in the first instance.

A failed applicant will receive notice of the refusal of an application for a certificate or variation of a certificate from the local licensing authority.

If an application is rejected, the applicant may appeal the decision.

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

Licence holder redress

Please contact Stroud District Council in the first instance.

If a local licensing authority refuses an application for a variation the licence holder may appeal the decision. A licence holder can appeal against a decision to put conditions on a certificate or to exclude any club activity. Appeals may also be made against the variation of any condition.

Appeals against the decision of a review can be made.

A club may appeal against the withdrawing of a certificate.

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

Other redress

Any interested party or responsible authority may make representations to the local licensing authority during the application period. If representations are made a hearing will be held to consider the application and the representations. Notices will be made by the local licensing authority detailing the reasons for any outcome. Interested parties who made representations will receive notice of a failed application.

An interested party is:

  • a person living near the premises or a body representing such a person
  • a person involved in a business near the premises or a body representing such a person

An interested party may request a review of the club premises certificate. The local licensing authority will give reasons for their response to the application in a notice.

An interested party may appeal if they argue that a certificate should not have been granted or that different or additional conditions or limitations on activities should have been made. They may also appeal against any variation of a condition.

Appeals against the decision of a review can be made.

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

This page was last updated: 28 September 2017

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