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The Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.

(2) This Order shall come into operation on such day or days as the Head of the Department may by order appoint.


2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland)[1954 c. 33 (N.I.)] 1954 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

  • “appeal”, except in Article 45(1), includes an appeal by way of case stated;

  • “bar” means an open bar;

  • “certificate of registration” means a certificate of registration issued under Article 7(1);

  • “the Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services;

  • “intoxicating liquor” has the same meaning as in the Licensing Act (Northern Ireland)[1971 c. 13 (N.I.)] 1971;

  • “modify” means making additions, omissions, amendments or substitutions;

  • “notice” means notice in writing;

  • “owner” in relation to premises, means the person for the time being receiving the rack rent of the premises, whether on his own account or as personal representative, trustee, assignee, committee, liquidator, receiver or guardian, or who would so receive the same if the premises were let at a rack rent;

  • “permitted hours” means—


    in the case of a nightworker’s club, the hours fixed by a court under Article 5;


    in the case of a sporting club in respect of a Sunday (not being Christmas Day), the hours fixed by a court under Article 23;


    in any other case, the hours specified in Article 22;

  • “planning permission” has the same meaning as in the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order[1972 NI 17] 1972;

  • “police sub-division”, in relation to a sub-divisional commander, means the sub-division for which that commander acts;

  • “qualified accountant” means a person who is a member of a body of accountants for the time being listed in Article 397(2) of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order[1986 NI 6] 1986 or who is for the time being authorised by the Department of Economic Development under Article 397(1)(b) of that Order;

  • “registered club” means a club registered under this Order;

  • “regulations” means regulations made by the Department subject to negative resolution;

  • “renewal date” means 1st January in any year;

  • “secretary” includes any officer of a club or other person performing the duties of secretary;

  • “sporting club” means a club occupying a hereditament to which Article 31 of the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order[1977 NI 28] 1977 applies (rates relief) being a hereditament which is used solely or mainly for the purposes of physical recreation;

  • “statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland)[1954 c. 33 (N.I.)] 1954;

  • “sub-divisional commander” means a sub-divisional commander of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

(3) In this Order any reference, in relation to a club, to the register of clubs is a reference to the part of the register which relates to that club.

(4) In this Order any reference to a sub-divisional commander of a police sub-division includes a reference to any other member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary nominated by him.

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