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Prize gaming permits

If you want to hold a prize draw and you do not have a gambling premises licence, you need to apply for a prize gaming permit.

Prize gaming permits are for small-scale prize draws where an organiser will put up modest prizes for small participation fees. This is different from prize draws where the stakes of participants make up the winnings.

Before you apply

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

This permit is for small prize draws. You can hold a variety of games as part of your prize draw, so long as the value of the prizes does not exceed the prize value limit.

Prize value limits

Prizes offered as part of a small prize draw must meet the following conditions:

  • The maximum value of any one prize is £70
  • The total value of prizes cannot be more than £500

Participation fees

The amount you charge participants for entry must meet the following conditions:

  • The participation fee for any one chance to win a prize must not exceed £1
  • The total amount of participation fees for any one chance to win a prize cannot be more than £500


To be eligible for a prize gaming permit, you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • occupy or plan to occupy the relevant premises

You do not need to have an operating licence from the Gambling Commission to apply.

If you hold a gambling premises licence or a club gaming permit, you may not apply for a prize gaming permit.

Fees and prices

The fees and charges for prize gaming permits are shown in the table below.

Prize gaming permit fees
Fee Price
Application fee £300
Change of name on permit £25

Licence duration

We will grant prize gaming permits for 10 years, unless we state otherwise.

There is no annual fee for a prize gaming permit.

Permit name changes

If you want to change the name associated with the permit, you will need to send us your permit along with the £25 fee. We will then amend the permit so it includes the correct name.

Email your permit to us at:

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

Further information

Select a topic below to find out more about prize gaming permits.

The application process

Once we receive your application, we will consult with the police. They will have 14 days to make any comments about your application.

We will either grant or refuse your application for a permit, we will not add any conditions.

If we reject your application, we will provide our reasons for rejecting your application, and you will be able to make representations against our decision.

Processing time

We aim to determine applications within 28 days.

Tacit consent does not apply.  If you do not hear from us within 28 days, email us at:


If you want to appeal a permit rejection, please contact your legal advisor or email us at:


You must comply with the Gambling Commission Code of Practice once your permit has been granted, otherwise we may revoke your permit.

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.