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.
Gambling licences and permits
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.
Gambling application forms
Premises license notices
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Temporary use notices
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Licence and permit fees
The amount in brackets is the maximum fee that can be applied.
Premises licence fees
|Bingo||Betting premises||Tracks||Family entertainment centres||Adult gaming centre|
|New application||£2809 (3500)||£1988 (3000)||£1988 (2500)||£1591 (2000)||£1591 (2000)|
|Annual fee||£835 (1000)||£502 (1000)||£835 (1000)||£630 (750)||£835 (1000)|
|Variation application||£1393 (1750)||£1194 (1500)||£995 (1250)||£796 (1000)||£796 (1000)|
|Transfer application||£956 (1200)||£956 (1200)||£756 (950)||£755 (950)||£956 (1200)|
|Application for re-instatement||£956 (1200)||£956 (1200)||£756 (950)||£755 (950)||£956 (1200)|
|Application for provisional statement||£2809 (3500)||£2294 (3000)||£1988 (2500)||£1591 (2000)||£1591 (2000)|
|Licence application for provisional statement holders||£956 (1200)||£956 (1200)||£756 (950)||£755 (950)||£918 (1200)|
|Copy licence||£10.50 (25)||£10.50 (25)||£10.50 (25)||£10.50 (25)||£10.50 (25)|
|Notification of change||£25 (50)||£25 (50)||£25 (50)||£25 (50)||£25 (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
|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
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.