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Gambling premises licences, gaming machine permits, other gambling permits

The Gambling Commission issue operating licences for gambling, as well as regulating remote gambling ( including online gambling).

We issue licences and permits for premises where gambling takes place. This includes betting shops, bingo premises, casinos , amusement arcades and pubs and clubs that have gaming machines.

The Regulation of Gambling has three objectives:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime;
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Our Icon for pdf Gambling Statement of Principles 15 April 2019 -2022 [591.74KB] provides further information about the types of licences we issue and our approach to dealing with applications.


A premises licence is required where gambling facilities are to be provided
If you wish to run a small lottery such as a raffle for a non-commercial society, you need to register it with us
If you want to offer prize gaming at your premises, and don't already have a gambling premises licence, you will need a permit

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