The Gambling Act gives the council a number of important regulatory functions including:

  • The issuing of premises licences for casinos, bingo halls, betting offices, adult gaming centres and licensed family entertainment centres
  • The granting of permits for gaming and gaming machines in clubs, unlicensed family entertainment centres and gaming machine in pubs and other alcohol licensed premises
  • For Operator application forms and guidance please refer to the Gambling Commission

Gambling Licence Objectives

  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • Ensuring the gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Statement of Licensing Policy

The Gambling Act 2005, requires this Authority to publish a Statement of Gambling Licensing Policy setting out how it will administer it’s functions under the Act when dealing with gambling in activities which include:-

  • Casinos
  • Bingo Premises
  • Betting Premises
  • Tracks
  • Adult Gaming Centres
  • Family Entertainment Centres
  • Club Gaming Machines
  • Pub Gaming Machines
  • Prize Gaming Permits
  • Small Society Lotteries

This policy was finalised after taking into account responses received from various organisations and agencies, and will be subject to a further review no later than 3 years from the effective date.  The policy is effective from the 31st January 2016.

Apply for a Gambling Premises Licence

If you intend to apply for a premises licence please download a copy of the Gambling Application Form.

Gambling in Pubs

If you hold a Premises Licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003 you may notify the licensing section that you intend to have 2 or less gambling machines.  Please also use this form if you have Transfered the Premises Licence into your name/ company name and the gambling permit needs to be updated.  The one off fee for the notification of 2 or less gambling machines is £50:00.

Takeaway premises without alcohol may not have Gambling Machines.

Gambling Act Fees

If you need any further information please contact the Licensing Section

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information, see NFI information on MCC website