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Licensing authority returns

All licensing authorities are to supply information on the numbers of permits and permissions issued and premises inspections conducted in the form of la returns.

Published: 1 April 2021

Last updated: 23 April 2024

This version was printed or saved on: 22 May 2024

Online version: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/authorities/guide/licensing-authority-returns

Overview: We ask all licensing authorities to supply information annually on the premises inspections conducted in the form of licensing authority returns. This data is an essential source of information and can assist us in improving our work as risk-based regulators.

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The full report is sent to all licensing authorities. It allows you to compare your authority with others and highlights trends. This data is an essential source of information and can help us improve our work.

The return is also included in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Single Data List.

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You can submit your annual returns online using Licensing Authority eServices.

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Information required for a licensing authority return

The return covers two key activities. The first is the gambling activity that you license. The second activity is detail of your inspection and compliance work.

We ask you to supply us with data on:

Even if you have no activity to report, you must still submit a return. Failure to do so may result in your licensing authority being listed in the official report as a non-responder.

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You can submit your annual returns online using Licensing Authority eServices.

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We will notify you one month before the return is due. We also send out a series of reminders and will escalate to your Chief Executive if we’ve had no response.

If you have any queries about the reporting process please contact us.