A premises licence is required for casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult gaming centres, family entertainment centres and tracks in the Borough.
Applications for a premises licence can only be made by persons who:
- who are over 18 years of age;
- have a right to occupy the premises;
- hold, or have applied for, an operating licence authorising the proposed activities.
To apply for a premises licence you are required to complete and submit an application form together with the prescribed fee and a scale plan of your premises. Details and requirements of the plans are set by regulations.
New applicants and variation applications
When submitting a new application, or an application to vary a condition, notification must be given to various responsible authorities within seven days of the application being made. The relevant forms are available to the right of the page. In addition to notices being sent to responsible authorities, notice must also be given in the following ways:
- a notice in a newspaper or newsletter of local relevance at least once within ten days of the application being made;
- a notice outside the premises in a place where it can be conveniently read and is clearly visible.
If no representations are received then the application will be granted. If representations are received but they are subsequently withdrawn or deemed to be frivolous, vexatious and/or would not influence the determination of the application, the application will be granted. If representations are made and not withdrawn, the application will be determined by the Council's Licensing Applications Sub-Committee.
Further information regarding the application process, responsible authorities, interested parties and representations, is detailed in the Council’s Statement of Principles.
Certain mandatory conditions are required to be attached to all licences. In addition, default conditions are attached to all licences except those for Adult Gaming Centres and Family Entertainment Centres. Default conditions relate to opening hours only and can be removed or replaced by the licensing authority. Licensing authorities are also able to attach individual conditions to a licence to ensure that a premises and its operation is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives.
Sector specific information is available from The Gambling Commission website. For information about applying for a licence, please contact the Council's Licensing section.