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Licensing authority statistics

The next Licensing Authority Statistics covering the period April 2019 to March 2020 will be released on 29 April 2021.

Publication of these statistics has been delayed because COVID-19 has severely impacted licensing authorities’ ability to submit returns. 

The data will be published as an Excel spreadsheet and will contain information from those local authorities which have been able to submit returns for this period

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. 

Re-issued 02/01/2020

Following an internal audit, corrections were made to the Inspections/Premises percentage map page on the Excel and PDF versions.

Headline findings 2018 – 2019


Permits/Notifications for gambling activity currently active.

(-1.4% from March 2018)


Permits/Notifications for gambling activity issued this year.

(-37% from March 2018)


Inspections/visits of premises where gambling activity takes place conducted by licensing authorities. (+1% from March 2018)


Average number of inspections/visits of premises where gambling activity took place per licensing authority. (No change from March 2018)


Total number of licensing authorities which did not conduct any inspections/visits of premises. (-13% from March 2018)


Total test purchasing visits conducted by all licensing authorities.

(+77% from March 2018)


Also see

Latest licensing authority statistics (revised January 2020)


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Latest licensing authority statistics (revised January 2020)

Excel spreadsheet

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Latest licensing authority statistics (superseded)


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Latest licensing authority statistics (superseded)

Excel spreadsheet

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