The Gambling Act 2005 aims to prevent gambling from being a source of or associated with crime or disorder; ensure that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and protect children and other vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

The Gambling Commission issues personal licences, operating licences, statutory guidance and codes of practice and investigates illegal gambling.

The council is responsible for determining applications for premises licences in respect of betting offices, race tracks, casinos, bingo clubs, adult gaming centres and family entertainment centres. You can download a premises licence application form here. Premises licence application form (PDF) [39KB] Additionally, you can view notices for the application form here Notice A (PDF) [20KB] and here Notice B (PDF) [26KB]

The council also issue permits for gaming machines in members' clubs and licensed premises. You can download a gaming machine application form here: Gaming machine application form (PDF) [139KB]

Additionally, we are responsible for administering 'Temporary Use Notices' and 'Occasional Use Notices' and registering small society lotteries. You can download a society lottery application form Society lottery application form (PDF) [33KB] and also access a lottery return form here:  Lottery return form (PDF) [24KB]

Before the council can consider an application for a Premises Licence, the applicant must have obtained an Operating or Personal Licence, or both, from the Gambling Commission.

The authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information, see the Privacy policy - Fair processing notice: National Fraud Initiative

Gambling policy 2022 (PDF) [688KB]