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Club premises certificate

Contents:

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:

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)

Replacements

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)