Gambling Licences (Gambling Act 2005)

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Licence Summary

Premises which provide facilities for gambling are required to be licensed by the local authority. There are six types of premises licences for the different types of gambling. These are: 

  • Casino Premises
  • Betting Track Premises (e.g. Racecourses)
  • Other Betting Premises (e.g. Betting Shops)
  • Bingo Premises
  • Adult Gaming Centres
  • Family Entertainment Centres.

Only one premises licence can be issued for any single premises (other than a track premises, where more than one licence may have effect in relation to different areas of the track) and the licence cannot authorise the use of the premises for more than one type of gambling operation.

In relation to Casino premises, primary legislation prohibits the Council from issuing any new Casino licences. There are currently five licensed casinos in the borough, all of which were licensed under previous gaming legislation and benefitted from conversion rights when the Gambling Act 2005 came into effect.

In addition to a premises licence issued by the local authority, gambling operators are required to be licensed by the Gambling Commission to operate a gambling business. For further details please visit the Gambling Commission's website.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant for a premises licence must:

  • if an individual, be 18 years old or older
  • if applying on behalf of a company or partnership, be authorised to make such an application
  • have a right to occupy the premises, and
  • hold (or have applied for) an Operators licence from the Gambling Commission for that gambling activity (unless the application is in respect of a track, in which case the occupier may not be the person who actually offers the gambling).

Regulation Summary

See the regulations for gambling for further information.

Application Evaluation Process

An application for a premises licence must be made on the prescribed form and be accompanied by a plan of the premises (grant, provisional statement, and variation involving alterations to the premises), the relevant application fee and any other prescribed information or documents. Application fees are non-refundable in the event that an application is withdrawn or rejected.

Applicants are required to send notice of the application on the prescribed form to the relevant responsible authorities. 

List of responsible authorities - Gambling

In addition, an applicant for the grant or variation of a licence, or for a provisional statement is required to advertise the application by means of:

  • a notice displayed at the premises for 28 consecutive days starting on the day the application is made to the licensing authority, and
  • publication of the notice of application in a local newspaper within 10 working days of submitting the application to the licensing authority.

The notices must be in the prescribed form which are available below.

The consultation period for applications runs for 28 days starting the day the application is made to the licensing authority.

All premises licences are subject to mandatory conditions and in some cases default conditions, which restrict the operating hours under the licence. Mandatory conditions may not be varied or removed from the licence, however, application can be made to remove or vary the default conditions. Please refer to the Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 for details of the mandatory and default conditions which apply to the various licences. 

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the licensing authority within a reasonable period, please contact email the licensing team.

Apply

Applications for licences cannot be submitted on-line and must be submitted on the correct form. Notification of the application must also be sent to each of the relevant responsible authorities on the prescribed form. Please note there are separate notification forms for individual and multiple applicants. Please ensure that you use the correct form.

If you need help completing the forms please contact the Licensing Team on 020 7341 5152.

Grant of a licence

Notice of application for new premises licence to be published

Notice to responsible authorities of application for the grant of a premises licence - Individual Applicants

Provisional Statement

Notice to responsible authorities of an application for a provisional statement - Individual Applicants

Variation

Application to vary a gambling premises licence

Notice of application to vary a premises licence to be published

Notice to responsible authorities of an application to vary a gambling premises licence - Individual Applicants

Notice to responsible authorities of an application to vary a gambling premises licence - Multiple Applicants

Transfer and Reinstatement

Application for the transfer of a gambling premises licence

Notice to responsible authorities of an application to transfer a gambling premises licence - Individual Applicants

Notice to responsible authorities of an application to transfer a gambling premises licence - Multiple Applicants

Application for the reinstatement of a gambling premises licence

Notice to responsible authorities of an application for reinstatement of a premises licence - Individual Applicants

Notice to responsible authorities of an application for reinstatement of a premises licence - Multiple Applicants

 

Other Forms, Guidance Notes and Fees

Notification of change of circumstance

Failed Application Redress

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal to Westminster Magistrates' Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5BR within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence Holder Redress

A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject an application or a decision to take action as a result of a review.

Appeals must be made to Westminster Magistrates' Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5BR within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Consumer Complaint 

A responsible authority or any other person who is affected by the premises may apply to the Licensing Authority to review a premises licence. Following receipt of a review application a hearing will be held by the Licensing Authority.

The council operates a complaints procedure. To view the complaints procedure or to make a complaint relating to the service you have received please see comments, complaints and feedback.

Other Redress

A responsible authority or any other person who is affected by the premises may make representations in relation to an application for a provisional statement, or for the grant, variation or review of a licence.

Any person or responsible authority who has made relevant representations may appeal against the granting of a licence, or a decision to take no action in relation to a review application.

Appeals must be made to Westminster Magistrates' Court, 181 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5BR within 21 days of notice of the decision.

The chief Police officer for the police area where the premises are located, the Gambling Commission, HM Customs and Excise or the local safeguarding children's board may also make representations against any application for a transfer or re-instatement of a licence.

Trade Associations and Other Contacts