Licence - private clubs
Club Premises Certificate
What is a Club Premises Certificate?
The Club Premises Certificate permits clubs which meet specified
criteria set out in the Licensing
Act 2003 to supply alcohol and conduct ‘qualifying club
activities’. Public access is restricted to clubs, and alcohol is
supplied other than for profit: for these reasons the Licensing Act
affords clubs special treatment outside the normal premises licence
arrangements. There is no requirement for a qualifying club to have
a designated premises supervisor or personal licence holder.
A club can apply for a certificate for any premises which are
occupied and used regularly for club purposes. Club Premises
Certificates are obtained from the Licensing Authority where the
club premises are actually situated – please make sure you apply to
the right Licensing Authority.
What is the definition of a club?
Only qualifying clubs can use a Club Premises Certificate.
Qualifying clubs must meet a number of criteria:
- The club is established and conducted in good faith as a
- The club has at least 25 members,
- Alcohol may not be supplied to members on the premises other
than by or on behalf of the club.
Also, a Club Premises Certificate will include additional
conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol. You must ensure
- any alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is managed
by club members who are over 18 years of age and are elected to do
so by the club,
- 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,
- there are no arrangements for anyone to receive financial
benefit from supplying alcohol, apart from any benefit to the
Registered industrial and provident societies and friendly
societies qualify if members, or a committee of members, control
the purchase and supply of any alcohol which is sold.
Any alcohol purchased by the club and sold to
its members cannot generate more profit than is required to run the
A summary of the legal
regulations relating to Club Premises Certificates is
How do I apply for a Club Premises Certificate?
To make an application, please send us:
- A completed application
form – if you have a full operating schedule of your proposed
club activities already prepared, you can attach that in place of
Part 2 of the form,
- A full copy of the rules of the club,
- A detailed plan of your premises. A guidance sheet for this is
- The appropriate fee (cheques made payable to Sevenoaks District
If you apply in writing by post, you must also provide copies of
your application to the seven Responsible
Alternatively, you can
complete your application for a Club Premises Certificate
online. You can attach electronic copies of the relevant
documents and you will be redirected to the online payment screen
at the end of the form.
How much do I need to pay?
The fee schedule for a Club Premises Certificate varies widely
depending on the Rateable Value of your premises. Fees are set by
national law, and a full listing is available for download.
The certificate fee is payable
annually. You can do this by cheque, made payable to
Sevenoaks District Council, or you can fill in the necessary form
How long will it take to process my licence?
It takes 56 calendar days to process a new Club Premises
Certificate application from the time that we receive all the
relevant paperwork and payment. A consultation period with all
relevant authorities and with the public is included in this
Can I consider my licence granted afterwards?
If you do not hear back from us after this time has expired, you
can consider your application granted. However, the “clock” can
stop if we need to ask you for any further information – so please
stay in touch with us during the application period.
What else do I need to do?
On the first day that we receive your complete application,
you must put up a notice at your premises
advertising your Club Premises Certificate application. This must
state the last date when representations can be made, which is 28
days from the date on which we receive your application.
Within 10 days of us receiving your application, you
must place an advertisement in the local newspaper – there
is a guidance
note available on this, and a list of newspaper contacts. This must also
state the last date for representations.
You must submit a confirmation of
advertisement with your application form, either by post, or as
a scanned attachment to your online form.
Making changes to your Club Premises Certificate
If you wish to make any changes to your hours, the regulated
activities you provide, or substantial changes to the layout of
your premises, you need to apply to us. If you are in any doubt as
to whether the change you would like to apply for is a major
variation to your certificate or a minor change, please contact the
Licensing Team using the details to the right of this page and they
will be able to advise you.
If any representations are made concerning an application to
vary or transfer a licence, or the conditions of the licence
transfer are not met, we must hold a public hearing.
To vary your certificate, or apply for a minor
change, you will also need to advertise in a local paper and/or at
your premises. Please call the Licensing Team on 01622 602000 to
discuss your plans and find out which procedure applies.
Varying your Certificate
For any substantial variation to your licence, a similar
procedure to a new application is involved, and you will need to
pay a similar fee. Major variations take 56
calendar days to process. To apply for a major variation, there is
available for download and post in to us, or
you can apply online. Applications should include a copy of the
For minor administrative changes, or minor changes of layout,
there is a fee of £89.00. It will take 15 days to
update your licence. You can
apply online to formalise these arrangements. Alternatively,
contact the Licensing Section using the details at the right hand
of the page, and they will post you a hard copy to complete and
return. Applications should include a copy of the existing
Change of Club rules
You must inform us if there have been any
changes to your club rules or any other details. There is a
fee of £10.50 for this, and it will take 14 days to update
your licence. You can
apply online to do this, or notify us in writing using the
details to the right of this page. Applications should include a
copy of the existing certificate.
What happens if there is a problem with a Club Premises
For more information on what to do if your application has
failed, or if you want to complain about an application to sell
alcohol or the granting of a certificate, or if you want to
complain about the running of a club, please read our guidance on
happens if there is a problem with a Club Premises
The council operates a complaints
procedure if you are unhappy with the service you have
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