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Premises licence for gambling

A premises licence allows the premises to be used for one or more licensable gambling activities. This could include bingo, gaming machines and betting.

All applications are advertised outside the premises and in the local newspaper. Local residents can object to applications to:

  • prevent gambling from becoming a source of crime or disorder in the community
  • ensure gambling is conducted fairly and openly
  • protect children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited

It is a criminal offence to carry out unlicensed activities and, if convicted, you could be given a £20,000 fine and a six-month prison term.

New licences

Apply for a new premises licence (PDF)

Useful documents

If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal to a magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

Transferring a licence

You can also make an application to transfer an existing premises licence to a new licence holder.

Apply to transfer premises licence (PDF)

Making a variation to a licence

You can also make an application to make a variation to an existing licence. You should advertise this application outside the premises and in the local newspaper.

Apply to vary a premises licence (PDF)

Useful documents

For more information see:

  • our fees page for the relevant fee
  • our online Licence Register where all applications and licences are recorded
  • GOV.UK for the rules about premises licences for gaming