Clubs have voted in favour of the JCT600 Bradford League applying for Division One to become an ECB Premier League.
They supported the proposal 20-1 in a special meeting at Cleckheaton.The league has been earmarked as one of the four Premier Leagues which will be at the apex of the proposed Yorkshire cricket pyramid.
League development officer Alan Birkinshaw made a presentation to the meeting on the process of applying for Premier League status and the plans for league cricket in Yorkshire from 2016.
Andrew Watson, The Yorkshire Cricket Board's executive director of strategic partnerships & development, and Steve Archer (Yorkshire Cricket Board Development Manager) also addressed the meeting.
Birkinshaw said: "Now that we have the backing of the clubs we will initiate the application procedure. Obviously, there are still on-going negotiations and more information that we will need to provide to our clubs as soon as possible.
"This is a big step and it is understandable that people want us to provide as much information as possible as we look to move forward as a league."