You may need to apply for a Club Premises Certificate through your council if you're a social, sporting or political members club (like a working men's club or British Legion).
Do I need a certificate?
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.
To qualify for a certificate, your club must make sure:
- It has premises that are occupied and used regularly for club purposes.
- Alcohol and entertainment is 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 2 days from their application before getting membership privileges.
- It's established and conducted in good faith.
- It has at least 25 members.
You may have to pay Machine Games Duty on any gaming machines you have on your premises.
You'll be charged a fee that's based on the rateable value of the property.
Application fees range from £100 to £1,905, depending on the Business Rate band of the premises.
Business Rates explained
Licence Fees for each Business Rate band
|New application (or to change a current licence)||£100||£190||£315||£450||£635|
|New application for premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises||N/A||N/A||N/A||£900||£1,950|
|Annual charge applied to premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises ||N/A||N/A||N/A||£640||£1,050|
If your premises doesn't have a rateable value it will fall into the lowest fee band of £100.
How to apply
For a Club Premises Certificate you'll need to complete the application form and return it to us along with:
- A plan of the premises.
- A copy of the rules of the club.
- A club operating schedule.
Publish a notice in the local press
- Complete and return the Premises Licence application form along with the relevant fee. You can pay by cheque or credit/debit card.
- Submit a plan of the building.
- Give a full copy of the application and plan to all
Responsible Authorities (10kb)
- Display a Public Notice.
All the documents you need are listed in the
Club Premises Certificate guidance
- It must be placed in a local newspaper that circulates in the vicinity of the premises.
- It must be published on at least one occasion during the period 10 working days after the day the application was submitted.
After completing the form:
- Send completed forms to
- Post it to Rochdale Borough Council Licensing, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU; or
- Bring it in to the Licensing Unit (see contact section for address and opening hours).
Any interested party may make representations to us before the certificate is granted or before amendments to a certificate are granted.
If representations are made a hearing will be held to consider the application and the representations. Notices will be made by us detailing the reasons for any outcome. Interested parties who made representations will receive notice of a failed application.
An interested party is:
- A person living near the premises or a body representing such a person.
- A person involved in a business near the premises or a body representing such a person.
Displaying your certificate
You must prominently display the Club Premises Certificate in your club.
If an application is rejected, please contact us in the first instance (see contact section for how to get in touch).
If you disagree with the licensing committee's decision, you can appeal to your local magistrates' court. You must do this within 21 days.
Fines and penalties
You can be jailed for up to 6 months and/or fined if you provide alcohol or entertainment without the necessary certificate or without following its conditions.