Gambling licensing


In order for gambling activity to take place in any public premises within our boundary, the following licences will be required and can be obtained from the Gambling Commission:

  • operating licence
  • personal licence (subject to circumstance)
  • premises licence.

In addition, a premises licence must also be obtained. Under the Act, we are responsible for dealing with the following applications:

  • casinos
  • betting offices
  • race tracks
  • bingo halls
  • adult gaming centres
  • licensed family entertainment centres. 

We also issues permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs, unlicensed family entertainment centres and gaming machines in pubs or other alcohol licensed premises.

Gambling Act

The Gambling Act 2005 comprehensively modernised the law on gambling and introduced a powerful regulator for gambling, the Gambling Commission. The Commission issue personal and operating licences and ensure compliance with these and the associated Codes of Practice and investigates and prosecutes illegal gambling providers.

In addition, whilst the Gambling Commission regulates the gambling industry, the Act gives us responsibility for the licensing of gambling premises.

For further information or advice please email

Premises licence fees

Premises licence fees 
Application type Bingo Betting Premises Tracks Family Entertainment Centres Adult Gaming Centre
New Application £3,200 £2,145 £2,145 £1,770 £1,750
Annual Fee £950 £600 £950 £725 £940
Variation Application £1,600 £1,320 £1,010 £900 £900
Transfer Application £1,100 £1,100 £850 £850 £1,100
Application for Re-instatement £1,100 £1,100 £850 £850 £1,100
Provisional Statement £3,200 £2,200 £2,200 £1,770 £1,750
Licence application for Provisional Statement Holders £1,100 £1,027 £825 £815 £985
Copy Licence £25 £25 £25 £25 £25
Notification of change £50 £50 £50 £50 £50

Temporary use notice fees

  • Application for temporary use notice £150 (500)
  • Copy of notice £10.50 (25)

These fees are set by the Secretary of State and the licensing authority has no discretion to change them.

Gambling permit fees

Application type FEC Gaming Machine Prize Gaming Alcohol Licenses Premises Notification of Two or Less Machines Alcohol Licences Premises More Than Two Machines Club Gaming Club Gaming Machine Club Fast-Track for Gaming or Gaming Machine
Application £300 £300 £50 £150 £200 £200 £100
Annual N/A N/A N/A £50 £50 £50 £50
Renewal £300 £300 N/A N/A £200 £200 £100
Transitional Application £100 £100 N/A £100 £100 £100 N/A
Change of Name £25 £25 N/A £25 N/A N/A N/A
Copy of Permit £15 £15 N/A £15 £15 £15 N/A
Variation N/A N/A N/A £100 £100 £100 N/A
Transfer N/A N/A N/A £25 N/A N/A N/A

Small society lottery registration

Find out more from the Gambling Commission guidance on running a lottery, otherwise, fees are as follows:

  • Grant £40
  • Annual fee £20

Pay for

Gambling application forms

Licensing objectives

Any decisions made by either body must be made in accordance with the three licensing objectives which are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

Statement of Principles

Peterborough City Council, along with other Licensing Authorities, have a duty under the Act to publish a Statement of Principles and review this Statement at least every three years. The Statement of Principles sets out how the Council intends to exercise its functions under the Act.

The initial statement was published in January 2007, and has been updated in January 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019, and was subject to revision and consultation in 2021.

The revised Statement of Principles which took effect on 31 January 2022 can be viewed below.

Revised Statement of Principles