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.
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:
- 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.
Premises licence fees
|Bingo||Betting premises||Tracks||Family entertainment centres||Adult gaming centre|
|Application for re-instatement||£1,030||£1,004||£794||£793||£1,004|
|Application for provisional statement||£3,025||£2,089||£2,089||£1,672||£1,672|
|Licence application for provisional statement holders||£1,030||£1,004||£794||£793||£964|
|Notification of change||£26||£26||£26||£26||£26|
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
|FEC gaming machine||Prize gaming||Alcohol licences premises notification of 2 or less machines||Alcohol licences premises more than 2 machines||Club gaming||Club gaming machine||Club fast-track for gaming or gaming machine|
|Change of name||£25||£25||-||£25||-||-||-|
|Copy of permit||£15||£15||-||£15||£15||£15||-|
Small society lottery registration
You may view the Gambling Commission guidance on running a lottery, otherwise, fees are as follows:
- Grant £40
- Annual fee £20
Premises license notices
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Temporary use notices
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.
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, was updated in January 2010, 2013 and 2016 and a revised statement is therefore required to be published by January 2019.
The revised policy was approved by full council at a meeting held on 12 December and can be read below.