Apply for a gambling permit

Apply for a club gaming permit

You'll need a club gaming permit if you're a members club or miner's welfare institute and want to provide:

  • gaming machines
  • equal chance gaming (without having to abide by the stake and prize limits which would apply to exempt gaming in the absence of a permit)
  • games of chance (as prescribed in the Gambling Act 2005)

Up to 3 gaming machines (category B3A, B4, C or D) may be provided.

Further information about the type of gaming permitted and relevant restrictions is available from the Gambling Commission.

A club gaming permit may not be issued in respect of a vessel or vehicle.

How to apply

To apply for a permit you'll need to:

  1. download and complete the application form
  2. pay the correct fee of £200 online
  3. email your completed application to [email protected].
  4. within a period of 7 days, send a copy of the application to the Gambling Commission and the Police

Fast track applications

Holders of Club Premises Certificates can apply under a fast-track procedure.

Through this procedure, you'll only need to:

  1. download and complete the application form
  2. pay the correct fee of £100 online
  3. email your completed application to [email protected].

When applying this way, you will not need to notify the responsible authorities.

After you submit your application

We may grant or refuse an application for a permit having taken into account relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission.

If your permit is granted

If your permit is granted, we'll issue it as soon as possible. We may not attach conditions to a permit.

Your permit must be kept on the premises so it can be produced for inspection by a police, enforcement or council officer.

If we refuse your application

If we intend to refuse an application, we'll speak to you first before formally refusing the application.

You can then make a formal challenge, or representation, before a final decision is made.

If we still refuse your application, you can appeal the decision.

How long a permit is valid for

Your permit is valid for 10 years, unless it's:

  • surrendered
  • lapses (if the holder no longer occupies the premises)
  • renewed

Where a permit lapses due to death of the holder, bankruptcy or liquidation, the permit may remain in effect for a further 6 months.

The courts may order that a permit be forfeited if the holder is convicted of a relevant offence.

Renewing a permit

You can apply for the permit to be renewed within 6 months of the expiry date, but no later than 2 months before the expiry date.

The renewal procedure is the same as making a new application and the same fees apply.

Appealing a decision

If you've applied for a permit, or a permit renewal, and have been refused, you can appeal to the Magistrates Court within 21 days.

While you're waiting to hear about your permit renewal, your existing permit will still be valid until you receive a response.

If your application is refused, your existing permit will be valid until the appeal has been determined.

Change your permit

Changes can be made to:

  • Update details on the permit which are no longer accurate (£100)
  • requesting a copy of a permit (£15)

Application fees apply.

For more information, contact gambling licensing.

Help with your application

If you need help making an application, contact [email protected].