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non-remote 2005 Act casino operating licence

There are two types of 2005 Act casino licences – small and large.

Non-remote 2005 Act small casino operating licence 

You can only run a small casino in the following local licensing authority areas, and each area can only have one casino:

  • Bath and North East Somerset District Council
  • East Lindsey District Council
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Swansea City and County Council
  • Torbay Borough Council
  • Wigtown Divisional Licensing Board in the area of Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Wolverhampton City Council.

A small casino under the 2005 Act has a minimum table gaming area of 500 square metres and a minimum non-gambling area of 250 square metres. 

A small casino can have a maximum of 80 gaming machines from category B1 to D (but not category B3A). The number of gaming machines allowed is determined by the ratio of gaming machines to gaming tables which has been set at 2:1 (two gaming machines per gaming table up to the maximum of 80). 

You can offer any of the games listed in our types and rules of casino games at a small casino. 

Non-remote 2005 Act large casino operating licence

Allows you to run either a small or a large casino.

You can only run a large casino in the following local licensing authority areas and each area can only have one casino:

  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Kingston upon Hull City Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Middlesbrough Borough Council
  • Milton Keynes Borough Council
  • Newham London Borough Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Southampton City Council. 

A large casino under the 2005 Act has a minimum table gaming area of 1,000 square metres and a minimum non-gambling area of 500 square metres. 

A large casino can have a maximum of 150 gaming machines from category B1 to D (but not category B3A). The number of gaming machines is determined by the ratio of gaming machines to gaming tables which has been set at 5:1 (five gaming machines per gaming table up to the maximum of 150). 

You can offer any of the games listed in our types and rules of casino games at a large casino. 

Ancillary remote operating licence 

If you are applying for a non-remote licence but still want to offer some casino gaming by remote means, such as hand held terminals, you must add an ancillary remote licence to your main licence type. The gaming must be in a single premises (not linked with gaming that takes place on another set of premises).

An activity is ancillary when that activity is only an additional or secondary activity to the specified licensed activity. 

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
Ancillary remote annual fee: no cost 

Application fee non-remote 2005 Act casino operating licence 

2005 Act casinoCasino type

A

B

Small casino

Large casino

£28,641

£37,591

Annual fee

The first annual fee for a non-remote (2005 Act) casino licence is due six months after the licence is issued to you and every year on the anniversary of the day your licence was issued.

For the first year, and for this licence only, the annual fee will be reduced by 50%. 

If your casino is not operational the annual fee will be reduced by 50%. 

We will consider your casino to have become operational twelve months before the planned opening date. So you must tell us the date you plan to start trading. 

You must notify us three months prior to your annual fee due date to confirm whether your casino is operational so that the correct annual fee is charged. We will contact you in writing for this information.

If you apply for a combination of different operating licences, you will get a discount on your annual fee.