LICENSING OF CLUBS LAW

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Prohibition of maintenance of unlicensed clubs.

3. Form and duration of license.

4. Fees payable for license.

5. Exemption from license fee.

6. Chairman's duties on receipt of application.

7. Report of Superintendent of Police.

8. Copy of statement of objections to be served on the applicant.

9. Chairman to make order.

10. Appeal against order of Chairman.

11. Effect not to be given to order in certain circumstances.

12. Statement of grounds of appeal.

13. Minister's decision to be final.

14. Right of persons to form a club.

15. Cancellation and revocation of license.

16. Standards applicable to premises.

17. Rules of a club to be sent to the Chairman within a specified period.

18. Cancellation and revocation of license in certain circumstances.

19. Books, registers and documents to be kept on the premises.

20. Power to inspect registers accounts and documents.

21. Application of Excise Ordinance.

22. This Law not to apply to any Naval, Military or Air Force canteen or mess.

23. License fees to be credited to fund of local authority.

23A. —

24. Offences and penalties.

25. Regulations.

26. Interpretation.

SCHEDULE

SI 17 of 1975.

14 of 1980,

38 of 1987.

A LAW to provide for the control of clubs and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st July, 1975]

1. Short title.

This Law may be cited as the Licensing of Clubs Law.

2. Prohibition of maintenance of unlicensed clubs.

(1) Within the administrative limits of any local authority no club shall—

(a) if it is formed before the appointed date, continue to be maintained after the expiry of three months after that date, or

(b) if it is formed on or after the appointed date, continue to be maintained after the expiry of two months after the date of its formation,

except under the authority of a license issued by the Chairman of such local authority.

(1A) Notwithstanding anything in subsection (1), no club formed on or after the specified date shall be maintained within the administrative limits of any local authority except under the authority of a license issued by the Chairman of such local authority. In this subsection, "specified date” means such date as may be specified by the Minister for the purposes of this subsection by Order published in the Gazette.

[S 2(1A) ins by s 2(1) of Act 14 of 1980.]

(2) Every application for a license shall be—

(a) sent in triplicate to the Chairman of the local authority through the Assistant Government Agent of the division within which the premises of the club to be licensed are located;

[S 2(2)(a) subs by s 2(1) of Act 38 of 1987.]

(b) substantially in the Form specified in the Schedule to this Act;

[S 2(2)(b) subs by s 2(1) of Act 38 of 1987.]

(c) accompanied by a copy of the rules of the, club, duly certified by the Secretary, President or Manager to be a true copy thereof and the appropriate license fee except where an exemption is claimed under section 5 and an application fee of fifty rupees; and

[S 2(2)(c) subs by s 2(1) of Act 38 of 1987.]

(d) signed by the secretary, president or manager of the club in respect of which such license is required and such application shall contain the residential address of such secretary, president or manager and the location of the premises of the club.

(2A) —

(1) No license shall be issued under this Law in respect of a club formed on or after the date on which this sub on comes into operation, if the premises at which the club intends to carry on its activities are situated within two hundred and fifty metres from any place of religious worship, school or hospital.

(2) From and after the date on which this subsection comes into operation, no license shall, be issued or renewed under this Law in respect of 8 club, whether formed before, on or after such date, unless it is registered under the Societies Ordinance or incorporated by an Act of Parliament:

Provided that a local authority may allow an application for the first renewal, after the date on which this subsection comes into operation, of a license issued under this Law in respect of a club, notwithstanding the fact that such club is not so registered or incorporated, subject to the condition that it registers itself under the Societies Ordinance or incorporates itself by an Act of Parliament within a period of one year from the date of such first renewal.

[S 2(2A) ins by s 2(2) of Act 38 of 1987.]

(2B) Where an application has been made for a license under this Law, the applicant shall cause to be erected at the premises at which the club is carrying on or intends to carry on its activities, a hoarding stating such, fact and such hoarding shall not be removed until a final decision is made, and conveyed to the applicant, in respect of that application, and where the applicant fails to cause to be erected such a hoarding as required in this subsection he commits an offence under this Law.

[S 2(2B) ins by s 2(2) of Act 38 of 1987.]

(3) Where any club is maintained in contravention of subsection (1) or subsection (1A), the secretary, president or manager of such club shall each be guilty of an offence under this Law.

[S 2(3) am by s 2(2) of Act 14 of 1980.]

3. Form and duration of license.

A license issued by a local authority may be in such form as may be prescribed by such authority and shall, subject to the provisions of section 14, remain in force until the thirty-first day of December next following the date on which the license is granted and shall be renewable annually, on fresh application made.

4. Fees payable for license.

The Minister may prescribe in respect of every local authority the scale of fees payable in respect of a license to maintain a club and the scale of fees so prescribed shall be published in the Gazette:

Provided, however, that the fees so prescribed shall, not exceed the following limits—

Rs.

(a) in the case of any Municipal Council . 5000

(b) in the case of, any Urban Council 2000

(c) in the case of any Development
Council or Pradeshiya Sabha . . .. 500

[S 4 proviso subs by s 3 of Act 38 of 1987.]

5. Exemption from license fee.

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 3, 4 and 26, the following associations shall be exempt from the license fee—

(a) any club certified by the Director of Sports or by a public officer authorised by such Director as a club formed solely for social, recreational or cultural purposes or for the purpose of any sporting activity;

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