Club Premises Certificate

If you operate a members club there is a an alternative to the Premises Licence for you.  Club premises certificates (CPC) can be obtained by qualifying clubs. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to utilising a CPC.  Unlike premises licences, there is no requirement for the supply of alcohol to be authorised by a separate personal licence holder, there is also the possibility of enhanced slot machines and high-stakes poker for members.  The draw backs include the fact that access is restricted to members and their guests excluding the possibility of passing business or renting out of club facilities to members of the public.

Clubs can also utilise a premises licence and this can, in some cases, be the better choice. If you want to discuss the pros and cons of both all you need to do is get in touch.

If you decide to go with the CPC  and subsequently wish to make changes to your building’s layout, the hours you’re open or the conditions stated in the certificate you’ll need to apply to have it updated.

You might also need permission to introduce slot machines or even do something as simple as putting tables, chairs or signage on the street outside your venue.

If some or all of those requirements sound daunting, don’t worry: as one of the largest licensing solicitors in the UK, we deal with these types of requests every single day and can help you navigate this ever-changing area of law as simply and cost-effectively as possible.

Glossary

Club Gaming Permit

A permit issued by a licensing authority authorising the provision of facilities for gaming:

  1. on premises on which a members' club or a miners' welfare institute operates, and
  2. in the course of the activities of the club or institute.

Club Machine Permit

A permit issued by a licensing authority authorising up to three gaming machines, each of which must be of Category B, C or D, to be made available for use:

  1. on premises on which a members' club, a commercial club or a miners' welfare institute operates, and
  2. in the course of the activities of the club or institute.

The permit authorises:

  1. making up to three gaming machines available for use, each of which must be of Category B, C or D,
  2. the provision of facilities for gaming which satisfies the conditions in section 269 except for the first condition, and
  3. the provision of facilities for games of chance, of such class or description as may be prescribed, in accordance with the conditions specified in s. 271(4) of the Gambling Act 2005.

Club Premises Certificate

A certificate granted by a licensing authority under part 4 of Licensing Act 2003.

Qualifying Club

The general conditions which a club must satisfy in order to be deemed a qualifying club are:

  1. Under the rules of the club persons may not:
    1. be admitted to membership, or
    2. be admitted, as candidates for membership, to any of the privileges of membership,
    without an interval of at least two days between their nomination or application for membership and their admission.
  2. Under the rules of the club persons becoming members without prior nomination or application may not be admitted to the privileges of membership without an interval of at least two days between their becoming members and their admission.
  3. The club is established and conducted in good faith as a club.
  4. The club has at least 25 members.

Alcohol is not supplied, or intended to be supplied, to members on the premises otherwise than by or on behalf of the club.