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Gambling and lottery licences

We are responsible for licencing various gambling premises under the Gambling Act 2005.

We have the responsibility of issuing premises licences for the following types of premises:

  • betting shops
  • tracks (e.g. dog and horse racing, or sports tracks where betting may take place)
  • adult gaming centres

  • bingo premises
  • family entertainment centres
  • casinos.

When making an application for any licence under the Gambling Act the applicant must take into account the three licensing objectives, which are:

  1. To prevent gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder or being used to support crime.
  2. To ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way.
  3. To protect children and other vulnerable persons being harmed or exploited by gambling

Operator's licences and personal licences are issued by the Gambling Commission.


There are four main types of gambling permit that licensing authorities are responsible for issuing under the Gambling Act.

  • alcohol licensed premises (gaming machine permit, and notification of 2 or less gaming machines)
  • unlicensed family entertainment centres (gaming machine permits)
  • prize gaming
  • clubs (club gaming permits and club machine permits).

Small society lotteries

In order to register as a small society lottery, the society in question must be set up for non commercial purposes e.g. sports, cultural or charitable. Every ticket in the lottery must cost the same and the ticket fee must be paid to the society before entry into the draw is allowed. There is a maximum limit of £20,000 or less in ticket sales per single lottery, and no single prize may be worth more than £25,000. Lottery tickets can only be sold by persons over the age of 16. Please contact us for more information.


How can I find out more?

Further information can be found from the Gambling Commission.

Policy for premises licensed for gambling

Our statement of licensing policy for premises licensed for gambling, sets out the issues which we will take into consideration when determining premises' licenses and covers licensed premises throughout the borough.

Current applications

There are currently no applications pending.

Notice of publication of new statement of principles for gambling

We are required under the Gambling Act 2005 to review our statement of principles for gambling every three years. Following a public consultation during October and November 2018, the revised statement of principles for 2019–22 was agreed at Full Council in January 2019.

Our statement sets out the issues which we will take into consideration when determining applications under the Gambling Act 2005 and covers licensed premises throughout the borough.



Crime, Enforcement and Regulation Service (Licensing Authority)

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