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Club premises certificate

Only ‘qualifying’ clubs can hold a club premises certificate which allows the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment.

Qualifying conditions

  • Members must not be admitted without at least two days between nomination or notification and admission
  • The club must be established and conducted in good faith
  • It must have at least 25 members
  • Alcohol is only supplied to members on the premises on behalf or by the club

Qualifying clubs should not be confused with proprietary clubs, which are clubs run commercially by individuals, partnerships or businesses for profit. These require a premises licence and are not qualifying clubs.

A club premises certificate is a permanent licence. It is granted for a specific location, that allows the holder to carry out the following licensable activities for club members and guests:

  • The sale or supply of alcohol to club members and guests
  • Regulated entertainment (including plays, films, indoor sports, music and dancing)
  • Entertainment facilities
  • The sale of late night refreshment (hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am)

You must let us know if details change to the club name, the club secretary or the club rules.

What you need to do

  • display an A4, pale blue notice which can read outside the premises. For large buildings, the notice must be repeated every 50m. for 28 days starting from the day after the day of the application
  • publishing a notice in a local newspaper within 10 working days, starting on the day after making the application

Advertising guidance and templates for the site notice and newspaper are available by email request to:

Information we need to accompany your application

Operating Schedule

  • This should be specific to the individual application
  • Be sufficiently comprehensive to enable the Licensing Authority and other responsible authorities to consider the application fully
  • Address the expectations contained within the Plymouth City Council statement of licensing policy
  • To demonstrate the steps to be taken to promote the licensing objectives (Pool of licensing conditions)

Floor plan

  • the boundary of the building, including external and internal walls
  • the location of points of access to and egress from the premises
  • if different from above, the escape routes from the premises
  • if the premises is used for more than one existing licensable activity, the area within the premises used for each activity
  • any fixed structures (including furniture) which may restrict the use of exits or escape routes
  • if premises include a stage, the location and height of each stage
  • the location of any steps, stairs or lifts
  • location of toilets
  • location and type of any fire safety or other safety equipment
  • kitchen


The fees are set nationally and are based on the rateable value of the premises.

Apply for a club premises certificate