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Licensing authority returns

We ask all licensing authorities to supply information annually on the numbers of permits and permissions issued and 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.

See our quick guide on information sharing and why it's important. 

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.

Data required for a licensing authority return 

The return covers two key activities. The first is the gambling activity that you license, for example as a permit. The second activity is detail of your inspection and compliance work. 

We ask you to supply us with data on:

  • permits issued
  • temporary use notices issued
  • occasional use notices issued
  • premises inspections conducted
  • reasons for and outcomes of reviews. 

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. 

Submit your returns online via our eServices. 

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. 

The portal will open on 1 April 2020 for this year’s annual return which covers the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 and should be returned no later than 15 May 2020. 

In light of Covid-19, the 2019/20 LA returns process has been postponed for now.  We will update this page with further details at a future date.

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

Also see

Licensing authority statistics (revised January 2020)


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Licensing authority statistics (revised January 2020)

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Licensing authority statistics (superseded)


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Licensing authority statistics (superseded)

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