You will need a club premises certificate if you want to use your premises to:
- sell or supply alcohol to members or guests
- provide regulated entertainment to members or guests
To apply for a certificate, your club must make sure that:
- 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 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 for a certificate, you need to:
- complete the club premises certificate application form (pdf)
- send the application form to the Licensing team
- submit a plan of the premises
- submit a copy of the club rules
- submit a club operating schedule
- pay the fee - based on the rateable value of the property (pdf)
Once you have made an application, you will need to:
- advertise your application on the outside of the premises using the outside premises public notice form (pdf)
- advertise your application in the local newspaper using the newspaper public notice form (pdf)
- send copies of the application and plan of the premises to the responsible authorities
Once we receive your application, we will:
- acknowledge it within 5 working days
- allow 28 days for representations
Representations can be made against your application. Representations can be made by:
- a person living in Harlow who is likely to be affected by the licence.
- a person involved in a business in Harlow who is likely to be affected by the licence
- a responsible body
If we receive any representations, we will take the application to a hearing for councillors to consider. We will then notify you of their decision.
If we do not grant your certificate, we will not refund your fee, but you can appeal the decision by writing to us. Appeals are made to a magistrates court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
If we do not receive any representations, we will grant the certificate.
If we grant your certificate, it will be valid unless you surrender it or we revoke it. Although you do not need to renew your certificate each year, you will need to pay an annual fee. You will need to pay the fee on the same date as when we granted your licence.
Change of details
If the name of your club changes or your club rules change, you will need to let us know by filling in the change of club name or rules form (pdf)
If the address of your club changes, you will need to let us know by filling in the change of club address form (pdf)
If your certificate is lost, damaged, stolen or destroyed, you will need to let us know by filling in the club premises certificate replacement notification form (pdf)