Apply for a gambling licence

Apply for a gambling licence

Before you apply

You must have a licence for premises providing gambling facilities. The six types of gambling licence are:

  • Casino premises
  • Betting track premises (such as racecourses)
  • Other betting premises (such as betting shops)
  • Bingo premises
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Family entertainment centres

You can only have one type of licence for each premises unless you have a track premises. You can have a different licence for each area of the track. Your licence can only authorise one gambling operation.

We can no longer issue new licences for casinos.

If we grant you a gambling licence, you must also get a licence from the Gambling Commission. Check the Gambling Commission's website for more information.

You can find more information in The Gambling Act 2005.

How we decide if we can grant you a licence

To apply for a gambling licence, you must be:

  • 18 years old or older if you're applying as an individual
  • authorised to make an application on their behalf if you are applying for a company
  • authorised to use the property you want to get a licence for
  • hold (or have applied for) an operator's licence from the Gambling Commission for the activity

Summary of regulations

See the summary of regulations for further information.

If you do not hear from us about your licence

You must wait until we have granted your licence before you carry out any activities that need a gambling licence. If you have not heard from us, you can email the licensing team at licensing@rbkc.gov.uk.

Apply for the grant of a licence

Download the application form for the license you want and complete it on your computer. You will need a recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the form.

Apply for a provisional statement

Download the application form for the license you want and complete it on your computer. You will need a recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the form.

Apply for a variation

Download the application form for the license you want and complete it on your computer. You will need a recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the form.

Apply to transfer or reinstate a licence

Download the application form for the license you want and complete it on your computer. You will need a recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the form.

Notification of change of circumstances

Download the application form for the license you want and complete it on your computer. You will need a recent version of Adobe Reader to complete the form.

Submission of plans

If you need to send a plan along with your application, read the guidance about plans.

How much it costs

Apply by post

Post your completed application form and supporting documents to:

Licensing Team
Council Offices
37 Pembroke Road
London W8 6PW

 

Include a cheque or postal order for the correct amount, made payable to ‘The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’.

You must also send a copy of your application to each of the responsible authorities.

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

If you have applied for a variation or a provisional statement

You must display a notice at the premises for 28 days after you made your application. You also need to publish a copy of the notice in a local newspaper within 10 days of the application. This must circulate within the Kensington and Chelsea area.

There is a consultation period of 28 days. We will contact you either during or after this time to let you know what the next steps are.

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

If you disagree with our decision

To appeal against a decision about a gambling licence or the conditions we have set, contact:

Westminster Magistrates' Court
181 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5BR

You must do this within 21 days of receiving the letter from us with our decision.

If you want to complain about a premises or person holding a gambling licence

To make a complaint about a service you have received from us, you can fill in a form for comments, complaints and feedback.

If you think a licensed premises has broken the conditions of their licence, you can apply for a licensing review.

If you want to appeal against a decision to grant a premises licence for gambling, you can contact:

Westminster Magistrates' Court
181 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5BR


If you need more information

Last updated: 2 July 2021