Clubs are organisations where members have joined together for particular social, sporting or political purposes and then combined to buy alcohol in bulk as members of the organisation to supply in the club, or provide regulated entertainment.
They commonly include Labour, Conservative and Liberal Clubs, the Royal British Legion, other ex-services clubs, working men's clubs, miners welfare institutions or social and sports clubs.
To supply alcohol or provide entertainment the premises must hold a club premises certificate.
The fee for the club premises certificate is based on the non-domestic rateable value (NDRV) of the premises. The NDRV of any premises can be checked on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
NDRV is valued/reassessed every 5 years. Premises that do not have a non-domestic rateable value are treated as falling into Band A for licensing fee purposes.
Application, guidance notes or terms and condition
- Plan of the premises;
- Copy of the club rules; and
- Club operating schedule.
Processing and timescales
If posting the application, you are required to also serve a copy of the application, including the accompanying documentation, to the Responsible Authorities on the same day as the application is given to us. If the application is submitted electronically, we will provide copies to the Responsible Authorities by no later than the first working day after the application is received.
The consultation period is 28 days from receipt of the application. At the end of the consultation period if no representations have been received, the certificate is automatically granted the day after the end of the consultation period. You can begin to operate under the terms of your club premises certificate application and the club premises certificate will be issued within a further 28 days.
If relevant representations are made against the application, a hearing will be held within 20 working days following the end of the consultation period, where the matter will be decided by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A notice will be sent within 10 working days of the decision being made.
If no relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) are received against your application, it will be granted as applied for upon completion of the consultation period.
A hearing must be held if any relevant representations are made (and not withdrawn) in respect of the application.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. We will send the decision to the applicant, along with any persons who made relevant representations and the chief of police.
Validity and renewals
The certificate is valid whilst the premises is being used for licensable activities and is subject to an annual fee. The annual fee is due on the anniversary of the grant of the certificate, an invoice shall be sent to you.
If you do not want to use the premises for licensable activities please ensure you surrender the club premises certificate, otherwise you will continue to be liable for the annual fee.
The electronic premises licensing register is currently unavailable. a copy of the register is available for inspection on request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to view between 9am - 5pm at the Licensing Unit, Level 1, Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M2 5DB.
Contact Licensing in the first instance.
A failed applicant will receive notice of the refusal of an application from us. If an application is rejected, the applicant 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 against the decision of a review can be made, a club may also appeal against the withdrawing of a certificate. Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates court within 21 days of the decision.