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Club premises certificate

What is a club premises certificate?

A club premises certificate authorises a members' club to carry out licensable activities such as the supply of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment. There is no requirement for a qualifying club to have a Designated Premises Supervisor or personal licence holder.

What is a club?

The following criteria must be met to be considered a qualifying club:

  • that under the rules of the club, persons may not be admitted to membership, or be admitted as candidates for membership, to any of the privileges of membership without an interval of at least two days between their nomination for membership and their admission
  • that the club is established and conducted in good faith as a club
  • that the club has at least 25 members
  • that alcohol is not supplied to members on the premises otherwise than by or on behalf of the club

To qualify as a club authorised to supply alcohol to its members and guests, the additional conditions must be met:

  • the purchase and supply of alcohol by and for the club is managed by a committee made up of elected members of the club all aged over 18 years
  • no arrangements may be made for any person to receive any commission, percentage or similar payment at the expense of the club with reference to purchases of alcohol by the club
  • no arrangements may be made for any person to derive directly or indirectly any monetary benefit from the supply of alcohol to members or guests apart from to benefit the club as a whole or any indirect benefit a person derives by reason of the supply contributing to a general gain for the clubs as a whole

If a club wishes to provide licensable activities to the public, it may apply for a premises licence, or subject to some restrictions, submit a temporary event notice. 

How to apply

The application process for a club premises certificate is similar to the application process for premises licences. If you would like to apply for a club premises certificate, you should:

1) Fill in the club premises certificate application form (PDF/419KB/14 pages) (If you would like to vary your premises licence/transfer a licence you will find your application form on the Licensing Act application form page)

2) You will need to show how you will be operating the premises. In the operating schedule in the application form, you need to describe the measures that you intend to implement to promote the four licensing objectives. You will also need to send a copy of the club rules.

3) You will also need to submit a scaled plan of your premises along with your application. To help you complete this, you can view our guidance and advice on the submission of plans (PDF/17KB/1 page)  

4) You should also include a fee. The government sets this fee which is based on the non-domestic rateable value of your premises and will put you into a specific band. You can find out the non-domestic rateable value of your premises by looking at your annual bill from the council.

5) These documents and the fee should be returned to the licensing team.

6) If you are only completing Part A of the application form, you must also send one copy to Cumbria Constabulary.

If you are also completing Part B of the application form, you must send a copy to the following responsible authorities:

  • Cumbria Police
  • Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
  • Environmental Protection Group, South Lakeland District Council
  • Planning Services, South Lakeland District Council (or Lake District National Park Authority or Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as appropriate).
  • Health and Safety Group, South Lakeland District Council
  • Cumbria Social Services
  • Cumbria Trading Standards

7) If you are applying for a straight conversion, you do not need to advertise. If you are applying for a variation, you must display a notice of the application on your premises for a period of 28 consecutive days. You may want to refer to our guidance on arrangements for advertising notices of application (PDF/12KB/1 page)

Here are the notices for you to choose the correct one and fill in and print on blue paper:

Notice of an application for a grant to a premises licence/club premises certificate (PDF/14KB/1 page)

Notice of an application for a variation to a premises licence/club premises certificate (PDF/25KB/1 page) 

Notice of an application for a late night refreshment/food takeaway premises licence (PDF/21KB/1 page)

This notice must be printed on white paper:

Notice of application for minor variation to a premises licence/club premises certificate (PDF/23KB/1 page)

8) You must also arrange to publicise a notice in a local newspaper circulating the vicinity of the premises.

You should use this template for completing your newspaper notice (PDF/22KB/2 pages)

Guidance notes

These guidance notes will provide you with more information:


Interested parties (eg local residents, residents' associations and Parish/Town Councils) may make relevant representations in relation to applications for variation of licensable activities. They must be made within 28 days of the date the notice of application is displayed. However, in order to be relevant, the representation must relate to one or more of the following four licensing objectives:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

You can view our guidance document for interested parties regarding relevant representations (PDF/59KB/2 pages).

Where an application is made for variation, the weekly premises licence applications, variations and reviews list will also include a brief summary of the main particulars of the variation for the premises concerned. Should you have any queries regarding an application for a premises licence, please contact the Licensing team.  

The weekly list is also available by e-mail on request.

Best practice in South Lakeland

The supervision and enforcement of activities associated with premises licences within South Lakeland is the shared partnership responsibility between officers from South Lakeland District Council (as the licensing authority), Cumbria Constabulary, Cumbria Fire and Rescue and most importantly the Premises Licence Holder or Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

Our partnership policy is to work for compliance and seek best working practices. Only when this has failed, or due to circumstances, is likely to fail, will we resort to legal action.

Using the South Lakes best practice guidance (PDF/1MB/37 pages) will help you to deliver responsible management of your premises in line with the licensing objectives. Should you require further advice, contact any partner agencies outlined in the guidance document.