Application process | Club permits | Medway Council

Application process

We recommend that if you have an existing registration that you apply to the council at least two months prior the registration expiring. There is a 28-day consultation period where objections can be made against your application.

To apply you will need:

  • to complete an application form - please contact the licensing unit for the relevant form
  • attach your existing certificate or registration issued by Medway Magistrates Court
  • pay the relevant fee
  • send copies of your application to the Gambling Commission and police.

Refusal of a permit

The Gambling Commission and the police are able to object in relation to the application for the permit. There are two mandatory grounds of refusal and four discretionary grounds:

Mandatory:

  • that the applicant is not a members' club, a miners' welfare institute
  • that the premises are used wholly or mainly by children or young persons.

Discretionary:

  • that an offence has been committed in the course of gaming activities carried on by the applicant
  • that a breach of condition of a permit has been committed in the course of gaming activities carried on by the applicant
  • that a permit held by the applicant has been cancelled in the ten years preceding the date of the application
  • that an objection has been made by the Gambling Commission or the police on whatever grounds they choose. Whilst, most objections will be concerned with the licensing objectives, it cannot and should not be discounted that the police will in appropriate circumstances make a more wide-ranging objection based on nuisance or low level disorder around the premises.