These are some of the rules the members’ clubs should comply with!
- At least 48 hours must pass between people being admitted to membership, or as candidates for membership, and their admission to the Club;
- If members are admitted without nomination, the Club rules must state they will not be admitted to the privileges of membership until 48 hours have elapsed from them becoming a member;
- Unless managed by the Club in general meetings or by a body of members, the purchase of alcohol for the Club, and supply of alcohol by the Club, must be managed by a Committee whose members are all members of the Club aged 18 or over, and who have been elected by the members of the Club.
- No person can receive, or be intended to receive, any commission, percentage or similar payment at the Club’s expense on or concerning purchase of alcohol by the Club; (Plenty of members’ clubs fall foul of this!)
- A room cannot be made available for private hire for licensable activities to non-members under the terms of your Club Premises Certificate.
What are the benefits of being a Qualifying Club?
- A Personal Licence to sell or supply alcohol is not required;
- A Designated Premises Supervisor is not required;
Licensing officers in Operation Scott are looking at the issue of whether members’ clubs can charge more for drink to visitors than members. Can they make money from outsiders? It is a grey area but Licensing officers are looking at the issue.