Who needs a club premises certificate

You may need to apply for a club premises certificate if you are a social, sporting or political members club. 

You need a certificate 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 sell alcohol to members and guests without the need for any member or employee to hold a personal licence – depending on what the conditions of the certificate allows 
  • it does not need to specify a Designated Premises Supervisor 
  • police and licensing officers have more limited rights of entry because the premises are private 


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 are 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 


To apply, you can submit a club premises certificate application on the GOV.UK website.   

Additional formats of the application are also available on the GOV.UK website. 

You can also post your application to us at: Department for Place, Licensing Service, PO Box 1954, Bristol, BS37 0DD. 

A club premises certificate is valid for the life of business.


You need to pay an annual fee on the anniversary date of the licence being granted. 

For fees, use our fees and charges information.  

Submit a review

Anyone may apply for a review of a licence or certificate that is in force. 

Step 1: Download the review of a premises licence or club premises certificate application

Step 2: Complete the form and email to licensing@southglos.gov.uk. 

Only reviews that relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives can be considered: 

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

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