If you wish to run premises used for betting, gaming and other types of gambling, you will need to apply for a licence or permit.
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The Gambling Act 2005 splits the responsibility of gambling between the Gambling Commission and local authorities. As a local authority, we must:
Our statement of licensing principles is a legally required document, and is reviewed every three years. It outlines our policy in respect of the grant of licences, permits and registrations issued under the Gambling Act 2005. It also indicates how we will promote our responsibilities and our expectations of licence holders.
You can download our current Gambling Policy below.
Our draft policy for 2022 - 2024 is under consultation until 5pm on 10 September 2021.
You are required to have a premises licence if you want to have any of these types of gambling businesses:
You must have a gambling permit for:
We also administer:
For more information about types of licences, visit the Gambling Commission website.
To apply for a premises licence or gambling permit, you must:
Members' clubs and similar may apply for either a Club Machine Permit or a Club Gaming Permit.
Both allow up to three machines in categories B3A, B4, C or D.
The Club Gaming Permit also allows limited unequal chance gaming.
Pubs and other alcohol-licensed premises are automatically entitled up to two category C or D machines. You are required to submit a notification to us using the Alcohol Premises Gaming Machine Application Form below.
If more than two machines are to be provided, an Alcohol Premises Gaming Machine Permit will be needed.
To apply for a premises licence or gambling permit, download the relevant application form below.
Once completed, return the relevant form to us with the required documents and the fee.
For a premises licence, there is also a 28 day consultation period following receipt of your complete application. You must therefore also:
You can download contact details for responsible authorities below.
For further advice and notice templates, contact us.
The fee for a new premises licence depends on the type of gambling business.
New permit fees depend on the type of permit required.
You can download a full list of Gambling Act fees below.
We maintain public registers of gambling and betting licences.
View a register of all our licensed gambling premises using the link below.
View a register of all our Gaming Permit holders using the link below.
View a register of Gaming Notification holders in our area using the link below.
View a register of all our Club Machine Permit holders using the link below.
View a register of all our Club Gaming Permit holders using the link below.
You can contact us if you have any questions about gambling licences.
Phone: 023 8028 5505
New Forest District Council