Gambling licences and permits
The purpose of gambling licensing is to:
- Prevent gambling causing, or being associated with, crime
- Ensure that gambling is carried out in a fair and open way
- Protect children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
Licences are needed for:
- Bingo halls
- Betting offices
- Adult gaming centres
- Family entertainment centres.
Permits are needed for:
- Gaming and gaming machines in clubs
- Unlicensed family entertainment centres
- Gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises.
Authorisation is needed for the temporary use of premises for gambling.
- Gambling policy 2018-19 (pdf 393 kb)
- Adult gaming centres information sheet (pdf 67 kb)
- Betting premises information sheet (pdf 72 kb)
- Bingo information sheet (pdf 77 kb)
- Betting tracks information sheet (pdf 72 kb)
- Casinos information sheet (pdf 72 kb)
- Club gaming permits information sheet (pdf 35 kb)
- Licensed family entertainment centres information sheet (pdf 69 kb)
- Temporary use notices and occasional use notices information sheet (pdf 30 kb)
Apply for licences:
- Application for a new premises licence (pdf 161 Kb)
- Application for a provisional statement under the Gambling Act 2005 (pdf 163 Kb)
- Application for the reinstatement of a premises licence (pdf 158 Kb)
- Application to transfer a premises licence (pdf 118 Kb)
- Application to vary a premises licence (pdf 163 Kb)
Apply for permits:
- Application for club gaming permit or club machine permit (pdf 39 Kb)
- Notification for gaming machines and permits (pdf 67 Kb)
- Application for temporary use notice (pdf 48 Kb)
Lotteries and raffles
Some lotteries and raffles don’t need a licence or permit. These include charity lotteries where the tickets are only sold at the event at which the prizes are drawn, and workplace raffles where the all the money raised is spent on prizes.
If you sell lottery or raffle tickets in advance, you may need a council permit or a licence from the Gambling Commission. This depends on the amount of money you are likely to raise.
You need a council permit if:
- You are likely to raise less than £25,000 in a year
- No single prize is worth more than £20,000
- You are not a commercial organisation.
Apply for a Society Lottery Registration Form (pdf 29 kb)
You will also need to complete a Society Lottery Returns Form (pdf 37 kb).
You need a Gambling Commission licence if one or more of the following applies:
- You are likely to raise more than £250,000 in a year
- You have single prizes of more than £20,000
- You are a commercial organisation.