Gambling licence provisional statements allow you to see if a licence application would be granted for a gambling premises that you:

  • expect to be constructed
  • expect to be altered
  • expect to acquire a right to occupy

Unlike a gambling premises licence, a person can apply for a provisional statement without having an operating licence from the Gambling Commission or a right to occupy the premises.

How much is it?

The cost of a provisional gambling statement depends on the type of gambling business:

Large Casino

£5,000

Small Casino£3000
Bingo premises£1,200
Adult gaming centre premises£1,200
Family entertainment centre premises£950
Betting premises£1,200
Track premises£950

For additional costings please visit the Gambling fees page. 

Gambling fees  

How to apply

Please complete the Icon for pdf provisional statement application form [203.87KB] and return to us:

Licensing Services
Environmental Health Department
Town Hall
Lancaster Road
Preston
PR1 2RL

Payment can be made card through the licensing office on 01772 906910 (option 1) using a debit or credit card.

What should I include?

  • The correct gambling fee
  • Plans drawn to a suitable scale

Publishing a notice of application

Once you have submitted your application, you need to notify and complete the Icon for pdf certificate of service - responsible authorities [21.44KB], in the following ways:

1. a notice outside the premises for 28 consecutive days where it can be read conveniently using the Governments Icon for pdf prescribed notice to be published [19.45KB].

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.

3. A notice to all responsible authorities within seven days of the application being made (unless made online) using Icon for pdf provisional statement - form A [25.39KB]  for individual applicants or Icon for pdf provisional statement - form B [30.5KB] for an organisation of multiple persons.

What if a valid representation is made?

If valid representations are received a committee hearing will be held to determine the 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.

When will I receive my provisional statement?

Applications can be granted after a minimum period of twenty-eight days assuming no valid representations are received.