Premises licences are granted by licensing authorities, to
existing operating licence holders. Facilities for gambling can be
made available on licensed premises. Premises that can be licensed
for gambling include:
- casino premises
- bingo premises
- betting premises (including tracks)
- adult gaming centres (AGCs)
- family entertainment centres (FECs).
Premises licence application forms can be obtained from your
Is a premises licence always needed?
In addition to premises licences, there are other forms of
authorisation that licensing authorities can grant
- authorisations for the temporary use of premises - a
temporary use notice allows the holder of an
operating licence to make facilities for gambling available on a
temporary basis, without the need for a full premises
licence (further information in Part 14 of the Guidance to
- occasional use notices - an occasional use
notice allows betting on a track (for 8 days or less
in a calendar year) without the need for a full premises
licence (further information in Part 15 of the Guidance to
- four different types of permit.
Statements of licensing policy
Licensing authorities are required to develop, consult on, and
publish a statement of their licensing policy. The statement must
set out the principles that they propose to apply in exercising
their functions under the Gambling Act 2005.
To help the process, the Gambling Commission is required to
issue guidance to licensing authorities on the manner in which they
are to exercise their functions, and the principles to be applied
by them in exercising them. Licensing authorities are required to
have regard to this guidance under the Gambling Act 2005.
to licensing authorities (4th Edition) is
available to download.
Page last reviewed: February 2013