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Licensing authority statistics

Licensing authorities (LAs) have a statutory duty to provide us with specific information about gambling regulation in their area. 

We collate and analyse the information in order to helped LAs, and the government, understand the local and national landscape of gambling regulation. 

The LA statistics are published every September and they provide the latest information pertaining to the permits issued, temporary use notices issued, occasional use notices issued and the number of premises inspections conducted by local licensing authorities.

We work with LAs to maximise the efficiency of data collection and we provide year-on-year analysis of the data that LAs collect. This includes data relating to earlier returns that LAs submitted late. Consequently, the data provided in the latest report may differ from those previously published. 

Headline findings 2015 – 2016


Permits and notifications in force for gambling-related activity in alcohol licensed premises, clubs and unlicensed family entertainment centres in Great Britain, as at 31 March 2016. This shows a 5% decline from March 2012


Permits/notifications were approved in the year ending March 2016. This shows a 59% decline from March 2012


Permits/notifications were made inactive (surrendered or revoked) in the year ending March 2016. This shows a 55% increase from March 2012


Inspections/visits were made by 247 LAs. 90% of which were pre-planned


LAs recorded nil inspections/visits in the year to 31 March 2016


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