Club premises certificate
To authorise the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment in a qualifying club you need a club premises certificate. A qualifying club may offer its premises commercially for hire for use by the general public if it applies for a Temporary Event Notice or a Premises Licence.
You must send a copy of your completed application to all of the Responsible Authorities, see the Club Premises list of responsible authorities (PDF, 18KB).
Application evaluation process
A qualifying club can apply for a club premises certificate for any premises which are occupied and used regularly for club purposes.
Applications should be submitted with a plan of the premises which must be in a specific format, a copy of the rules of the club and a club operating schedule.
A club operating schedule is a document which must be in a specific format and which includes information on:
- the activities of the club
- the times the activities are to take place
other opening times
- if alcohol supplies are for consumption on or off the premises or both
- the steps that the club propose to take to promote the licensing objectives
- any other information that is required
If there any alterations to the rules or name of the club before an application is determined or after a certificate is issued, the club secretary must give details to the local licensing authority.
If a certificate is in place this must be sent to Cheshire East Council when they are notified.
A qualifying club has general conditions it must satisfy. These are:
- 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 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
Right of appeal
A failed applicant will receive notice of the refusal of an application for a certificate or variation of a certificate from Cheshire East Council. If an application is rejected, the applicant may appeal the decision.
Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.
Page last reviewed: 12 October 2021
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