Club premises certificate

What is a club for licensing purposes?

A club is an organisation where members have joined together for a particular social, sporting or political purpose, and then have combined to buy alcohol in bulk as members of the organisation to supply the club.

What is a club premises certificate?

A club premises certificate (CPC) authorises a qualifying club to carry out activities such as the supply of alcohol and provision of regulated entertainment.

A CPC is not time-limited.

What is regulated entertainment?

Regulated entertainment is entertainment provided in the presence of an audience, for the purpose of entertaining that audience.

To qualify, a club must satisfy certain prescribed conditions:

  • a person may not be given memberships or as a candidate for membership to any membership privileges without an interval of at least two days from their membership application or nomination and their membership being granted
  • that club rules state that those becoming a member without nomination or application cannot have membership privileges for at least two days between them becoming members and being admitted to the club
  • that the club is established and conducted in good faith
  • that the club has at least 25 members
  • that alcohol is only supplied to members on the premises on behalf or by the club

Additional conditions apply in relation to the supply of alcohol:

  • that alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is done by members of the club who are over 18 years of age and are elected to do so by the members
  • that no person at the expense of the club receives any commission, percentage or other similar payment in regard to the purchase of alcohol by the club
  • that there are no arrangements for anyone to receive a financial benefit from supplying alcohol, apart from any benefit to the club or to any person indirectly from the supply giving a gain from running the club

Registered industrial and provident societies and friendly societies will qualify if the alcohol is purchased for and supplied by the club under the control of the members or a committee of members.

How do I apply for a club premises certificate?

Download the appropriate form and submit the completed form along with a plan of the premises, a copy of the rules and a club operating schedule (see guidance notes at the end of the application form).

It usually takes between 1-3 months from receipt of your application to issue the CPC, however, it can take longer in some cases. Fees apply.

What consultation needs to be done for a CPC?

When an application is submitted, a 28 day statutory consultation period will follow.

If any relevant representations are made against an application which can’t be resolved through mediation, the application will be heard by our licensing committee within 20 working days of the end of the consultation period.

Is there an appeals process?

Applicants and other parties may appeal a decision of the licensing committee. Appeals must be lodged at the local Magistrates Court within 21 days of the date the applicant was informed of the committee’s decision.

How do I make a complaint?

If you have a complaint about a business operating under a CPC, please contact us. A club member may request a review of the certificate. Appeals against the decision of a review can be made to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

What changes do I need to notify Buckinghamshire Council about?

You must notify us if there are any alterations to the rules or name of the club, or if the registered address of the club changes. You may apply to vary a certificate.

For online applications and for more information view our recommended external websites 

Please see the downloadable forms below: