Gambling and Gaming Act Premises Licence and Permits

Gambling Act Premises Licence

A Premises Licence, issued under the Gambling Act 2005, is required for any premises where an individual or company proposes to offer premises based gambling. Licences are issued in respect of specific premises.

The types of licence available are - 

  • Casino Premises Licence 
  • Bingo Premises Licence 
  • Adult Gaming Centre Premises Licence (enabling Category B gaming machines to be made available for use at the premises) 
  • Family Entertainment Centre Premises Licence (enabling Category C gaming machines to be made available for use at the premises) 
  • Betting Premises Licence (enabling the provision of facilities for betting, by making or accepting bets or by acting as a betting intermediary)

There are 3 Licensing Objectives under the Gambling Act 2005 -

  • preventing gambling from -
    • being a source of crime or disorder
    • being associated with crime or disorder
    • being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way 
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Making Application

An application for a Premises Licence may only be made by persons (which includes companies or partnerships) who have -

  • the right to occupy the premises and
  • an Operating Licence which allows them to - 
    • carry out the proposed activity
    • have applied for an Operating Licence (the Premises Licence may only be issued once the Operating Licence has been issued) from the Gambling Commission

An applicant for a Premises Licence must be 18 or over.