Club premises certificates

You will need to apply for a club premises certificate if you’re a social, sporting or political members' club (like a working men’s club, rugby club, or British Legion) and want 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

What is a qualifying club?

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

Why hold a club premises certificate rather than a premises licence?

The benefits of holding a club premises certificate are that:

  • no one needs to hold a personal licence to sell or supply alcohol
  • you don't need to name a designated premises supervisor
  • police and licensing officers have more limited rights of entry, because the premises are private

If you are not a qualifying members' club, or if you decide you want to offer your facilities commercially for use by the general public, then you'll need to apply for a premises licence.

If you want to carry out licensable activities for an event and it will last for less than seven consecutive days and is for less than 499 people you can apply for a temporary event notice.