Apply for a gambling premises licence
If you wish to operate a gambling business in Preston, you must apply for a gambling premises licence.
Please note: you must first apply for an operator licence and any relevant personal licences from the Gambling Commission.
Types of gambling premises
You need to have a gambling premises licence, required by the Legislation.gov - Gambling Act 2005, to operate the following premises:
- arcades (excluding unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres)
- gaming machine manufacturers and suppliers
- gambling software providers
- lottery operators and external lottery managers (excluding small society lotteries)
- British based remote gambling operators
- National Lottery
For requirements around the types of gambling premises, please visit gambling premises types and requirements.
Who can apply?
To apply for a premises licence you must:
- be 18 years old or older
- hold or have applied for operating license for the relevant gambling activity
- be authorized to make such an application (If applying on behalf of a company or partnership)
To find out whether an application for a premises licence would be granted please visit gambling licence provisional statement.
How much will it cost?
|PREMISES TYPE||APPLICATION COST||ANNUAL LICENCE FEES|
|Adult gaming centre premises||£2,000||£1,000|
|Family entertainment centre premises||£2,000||£750|
For additional costings please visit the Gambling fees page.
Payment can be made through the licensing office on 01772 906910 (option 1) using a debit or credit card.
How to apply
Environmental Health Department
What should I include with the form?
- The correct gambling fees
- Plans drawn to a suitable scale
Publishing a notice of application
Once you have submitted your application, you need to publish notice of your application in the following ways:
2. A notice in a newspaper or newsletter of local relevance, on at least one occasion within ten days of the application being made. This should contain the same information as the notice placed on the premises.
Notifying the responsible authorities
A copy of the application must be sent to all responsible authorities within seven days of the application being made (unless made online). The responsible authorities are:
Licensing Unit, Lancashire Constabulary, Preston Divisional Headquarters, Lancaster Road North, Preston, PR1 2SA
Fire and Rescue
|Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Preston Fire Safety Department, Blackpool Road, Preston, PR1 6USfirstname.lastname@example.org||01772 556506|
|Environmental Protection, Environmental Health, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RLemail@example.com||01772 906151|
|4th Floor, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4BPfirstname.lastname@example.org||0121 230 6666|
Protection of Children
Lancashire Safeguarding Children's Board, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 100, County Hall, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 0LD
|The Planning Authority, Town Hall, Preston, PR1 2RLemail@example.com||01772 906912|
HM Revenue and Customs
|Betting and Gaming, National Registration Unit, Portcullis House, 21 India Street, Glasgow, G2 4PZ.||firstname.lastname@example.org.||0141 555 3633|
What if a valid representation is made?
If valid representations are received a committee hearing will be held to determine whether the application is granted or rejected.
Appealing a rejected application
You have 21 days to appeal against a rejection or grant of a premises licence from receipt of the notice of decision from the licensing authority
The appeal should be lodged with Preston Magistrates Court. Information about the court can be found at GOV.UK - Preston Magistrates' Court.
When will I receive my licence?
Applications can be granted after a minimum period of twenty-eight days assuming no valid representations are received.
Annual licence fees
The first annual fee is due within 30 days of your licence being issued.
You will pay annually thereafter. A reminder letter will be sent out to you one month before the due date detailing how to make payment.
Premises licence changes
Premises licence reviews
If you are considered to be in breach of any licence conditions, you could be subject to a gambling premises licence review.