Application, licence and machines

Advertising the application

You must publish notice of your application:

  • in a local newspaper circulating within the licensing authority's area on at least one occasion during the period of 10 working days, starting with the day after the day on which the application is made to the authority
  • by displaying a notice on the premises the application relates to, where it can conveniently be read by the public from outside the premises for at least 28 consecutive days from the day the application was made to the licensing authority.

Granting a licence

Once your application has been determined and the council's Licensing Unit determines that it will grant a licence, you will be issued a prescribed form called the "notice of grant of application".

Where, on granting a licence, the council exercises its power to attach one or more conditions to the licence, the notice will include an annex setting out the conditions and its reasons for each condition.

Where, on granting a licence, the council exercises its power to exclude one or more conditions that would otherwise be attached to the licence, the notice will include an annex setting out the conditions to be excluded and its reasons for each condition.

Where representations are made under section 161 of the Act in relation to an application which is granted by the council, the notice will include an annex setting out the representations and giving the council's response to the representations.

Rejection of an application

A notice of rejection of application may be issued by the council's Licensing Unit.

Splitting an existing licensed gambling premises

When submitting an application to split the premises, the following measures must be in place:

  1. The primary activity of betting must be available in all the areas proposed. The gaming machines must be an ancillary attraction to the premises. Betting may be provided by way of betting terminals or over a counter (face-to-face). "Betting terminals" means machines that only permit the customer to place bets on future live events. If a machine only allows betting on virtual events, it becomes a gaming machine.
  2. The separation of the premises must be clearly defined. The minimum requirement is 5ft (1.524m) high clear Perspex barriers surrounding the premises where there are no fixed walls. Entrances and exits for the separate premises must be clearly marked on the plans and be of a size to comply with fire safety legislation, especially if occupancy levels have already been set for the building. A copy of plans must be submitted to the fire authority.
  3. Each separate premises will require a notice (of similar size to the fire exit sign) that clearly defines that they are separate premises, for example by giving them a name such as "Zone 1".
  4. The premises must comply with the mandatory conditions and individual conditions relevant to the type of gambling premises.
  5. Measures to assist with the supervision of the extra premises: either an increase in staffing levels to monitor these locations permanently or a comprehensive CCTV system which does not block the line of sight and a mixture of static and floating staff covering the whole site.
  6. All legal notices should be displayed in each of the separate premises and not just at the entrance to the building.

An application to vary the existing gaming premises licence and the application(s) for new premises must be submitted at the same time.

Gaming machines

Betting establishments that hold a Premises Licence will be entitled to a maximum of four machines in category B2 to D.