Apply for a gambling premises licence

Information for licensing premises that offer facilities for gambling such as casinos, bingo halls, betting tracks, betting shops, and adult gaming centres

Before you start

You must have an operating licence and personal licence, or have applied for one, before you can apply for a gambling premises licence.

To get one, apply directly to the Gambling Commission.

If your premises are not yet built or ready to occupy, you will first need to apply for a provisional statement.

Who can apply?

You must:

  • be 18 or over; and,
  • occupy the premises you want the licence for.

How much it costs

The cost of a gambling premises licence or provisional statement depends on the type of premises.

These fees apply to:

  • new applications
  • applications in respect to other premises
  • applications following a provisional statement application
Gambling premises licence application fees
Type of premisesApplication feeAnnual fee
Regional casino£15,000£15,000
Large casino£10,000£10,000
Small casino£8,000£5,000
Bingo premises£3,500£1,000
Adult gaming centre£2,000£1,000
Betting premises (track)£2,500£1,000
Family entertainment centre£2,000£750
Betting premises (other)£3,000£600

Validity

Licences are valid for the life of the premises, but you will also need to pay an annual fee.

How to apply

Download, complete, and return the application form with payment to the address shown on the form.

Icon for pdf Application for a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005 [44.53KB]

You can also pay by credit or debit card by calling us on 01303 853660.

Publicising your application

You'll need to:

  • display a notice of application at your premises;
  • give notice to your local newspaper within 10 days of making your application; and,
  • send copies of your notice to all the responsible authorities within 7 days of making you application.

This gives local residents and businesses 28 days to read your proposal and make representations if they wish.

Icon for pdf Notice of application for a premises licence (individual applicant) [50.86KB]
Icon for pdf Notice of application for a premises licence (more than one applicant) [54.97KB]

What happens next?

We'll process your application in 24 hours and if there are no representations at the end of the 28 day representation period, we'll issue your licence 24 hours later.

If there are representations, the Licensing Sub-Committee will hold a hearing, which all parties will be invited to attend. At the hearing, the Licensing Sub-Committee will decide either to grant or reject your application.

We will write to you to confirm the decision, and tell you what you can do if you wish to appeal.

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