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Cardiff Council

Club premises certificate

​​​​​​As the Licensing Authority for Cardiff, we authorise the supply of alcohol, provision of entertainment or of hot food at night from an individual premises.

How to apply

Before applying we recommend reading our premises/club licence application guidelines (178kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. 

Apply online:

Apply by post:

Please complete the relevant form(s) and return to us by post or in person:

Cardiff Council,
County Hall,
Atlantic Wharf,
CF10 4UW

  • a plan of the premises
  • an operating schedule (a brief description of how the premises will be operated safely and in line with the four licensing objectives) 
  • the correct fee
  • a copy of the club rule book


The applicant must also serve a copy of the application (including any accompanying documents) to the responsible authorities on the same day that the application is submitted to the council's licensing section.

Fees have been set by Central Government. The fees are based on the non-domestic rateable value (NDRV)​​​​​​​​​​ of the premises. A full breakdown can be found in our alcohol and entertainment licence fees and charges (49kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​.

Premises that do not have a NDRV will be treated as falling into Band A for licensing fee purposes. Premises currently under construction and that have not yet been assessed by the VOA will be treated as falling into Band C.

We accept the following methods of payment:

Debit card (by phone only - 0300 123 6696)

Cheque (made payable to ‘Cardiff Council’)

You can also pay by BACS:

  • Sort Code 52-21-06
  • Acc No. 20408838​
  • Address: Natwest, 96 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2GR​.

Please inform us of the reference number and date of payment if you are paying by BACS so that we can locate the payment.

The consultation period for grant/full variation applications is 28 days from receipt of the application. If no relevant representations are received within the consultation we will grant the certificate.

Representations must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives, which are:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • protection of children from harm

    If relevant representations are made about the application from responsible authorities or other persons, the council's Licensing Sub-Committee will examine the application and hold a hearing consisting within 20 days following the end of the consultation period. This may not be necessary if the applicant is able to reach an agreement with the objectors before the hearing. 

    If a hearing is held the Certificate can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected. We will send the decision to the applicant, along with any persons who made relevant representations and the chief of police

    The licence is valid whilst the premises is used for licensable activities and is subject to an annual fee. We will automatically send you an invoice for payment every year

    Statement of Licensing Act Policy (457kb PDF)​​​​​​​​

    If you would like any help or advice please contact us

    Contact us

    Shared Regulatory Services

    Tel: 0300 123 6696. Please follow the options for Cardiff Licensing.

    Cardiff Council Licensing

    Tel: 029 2087 1651

    Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.​

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