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Gambling premises licence

You will need a gambling premises licence if you want to operate certain gambling businesses.

WarningA gambling premises licence will only authorise the use of your premises for one type of gambling activity, except for racecourses, which can provide more than one.

Any of the following gambling businesses need a gambling premises licence:

  • Casinos
  • Betting shops (bookies)
  • Bingo halls
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Racecourses (tracks)

Before you apply

You need to read and understand the requirements on this page before you submit an application for a licence. We cannot proceed with your application unless you give us all the information we need.


To be eligible for a gambling premises licence, you must:

Application details

You must provide the following details as part of your application:

  • the application fee
  • a site plan of the premises
  • a notice of the application for the responsible authorities

You can send the notice of application directly to the responsible authorities, such as the police and the fire authority. Alternatively, you can email the notice to us at:, and we will notify the responsible authorities on your behalf.

Fees and prices

Select a topic below, to view the fees and charges for gambling premises licences.

Gambling premises fees

The fees in the table below apply to:

  • Adult gaming centres
  • Betting shops
  • Bingo halls
  • Racecourses
  • Family entertainment centres
Gambling premises licence fees
Fee Price
Application fee £336
Provisional statement (if the premises is being built) £336
Annual maintenance fee £93
Transfer of a licence £206
Reinstatement of an expired licence £60
Variation of a licence (changing details) £336

Licence duration

We grant premises licences for the lifetime of your business, unless we state otherwise.

You will need to pay an annual fee on the anniversary of your licence to maintain your licence. You also need to pay the first annual fee within 30 days of us granting your licence.

How to apply

We are currently developing an online application form. At the moment, you can complete a PDF application form and send this to us by emailing us at

You can download the application form and any notice templates you need by selecting the relevant topic below.

New applications

You should refer to the Gambling Act 2005 regulations before submitting your application, to ensure that you submit the correct plans and documentation with your application.

Further information

Once you have applied for a licence, you must also do the following:

  • Give public notice of your application in a local newspaper within 10 days of the application
  • Display a notice outside the premises for 28 days

Select a topic below to find out more about gambling premises licences.

The application process

Once we receive your application, we will start a 28 day public consultation period.

We will notify and consult with the following groups:

  • Planning
  • The Fire Authority
  • The Police
  • Trading Standards
  • Environmental Health
  • Director of Public Health
  • Home Office Immigration Enforcement

All of the responsible authorities listed above or any other person can make a representation about an application within the 28 day consultation period. 

We must allow 28 days for objections to be made. If we receive any objections, the application will be referred to our Licensing Committee for determination. We will then hold a hearing to decide whether to grant, attach conditions to a licence or reject an application.

If we do not receive any relevant representations against your application, we will grant the licence once the consultation period ends.

Processing time

We aim to determine applications within 60 days.

Tacit consent does not apply.  If you do not hear from us within 60 days, please email us at


If you want to appeal a licence rejection, please email us at within 21 days of the rejection.


If you believe a business is operating without a gambling premises licence, please report this to us using our online form

Relevant legislation

Gambling Act 2005

We have made the information on these web pages as comprehensive as possible.  However, in attempting to simplify the law, certain requirements have been omitted. Full details of what you must do are in the relevant legislation.

Laws can and do change. We must advise that only the Courts can give an authoritative opinion on statute law.